Just three short words about dear Sarah Palin tonight, and these coming from my mother in response to Palin’s interview with Couric. I missed the interview entirely, but have read about it in the Op Eds of the New York Times. My mom admitted she felt almost sorry for Palin because she sounded so pathetic and stupid in the interview (again, my mom’s words) but I felt, yet again, annoyed and insulted when I heard on CBS Sunday Morning that what’s-his-name Harry something-or-other news anchor went to Alaska and asked Palin’s PARENTS if she was qualified for the job.
Seriously? We’re talking to her parents? To find out what they think? What the hell are they supposed to say? “No, our daughter’s a complete moron and way in over her head.” Even if it is the truth, that’s the last thing they’re going to say on national television. It’s sad, really. Did anyone ask McCain’s mother or Obama’s grandparents, or Biden’s parents for that matter, if they thought their (grand)children were qualified? Not if they were proud of the men, because certainly they would be.
Palin’s dad’s response? “She can be whatever she wants to do.”
Eloquence runs in the family, I see.
The thing that gets me with this particular interview is that it’s very small-town, and therefore insulting for the job of Vice President of the United States; however, it’s acceptable because Palin is a woman. I grew up in a tiny little town in Vermont. One of my first jobs was at a general store and I got hired because people close to me (including loyal shopper, My Mother) put in good words for me. In a small town, to get an idea of who a kid is, you talk to the parents. And here we have a similar situation: asking Palin’s parents about who their “kid” is. And this is only because she is a woman.
This proves, YET AGAIN, she is totally and completely inappropriate for this job. If we are still seeing her as a small-town KID, then she is not prepared to take on a position that plops her in the world as a major source of power and influence. Time and again she proves herself too young, too unprepared: She cannot speak at length with knowledge about any topic that is important to the US, other than drilling, and that she does with a fiery violence that should scare us all. It is the pubescent violence that I see in high school students who have very few opinions of their own and who stand behind opinions of others who they want to impress because the others are the cool kids. What we’re dealing with here is a teenager, insecure and high on the fact that she just got elected to Student Council.
When asked about Russia, she could not put together a coherent thought.
Don’t kids just say the darndest things?
We will all be Poor Dumb Things if we put this Poor Dumb Thing in office.