Friday, September 12, 2008

High-Level Fantasies

Andrew Sullivan's memo to Bill Kristol is worth repeating:

[Y]ou may think Palin is sophisticated enough to grasp the high-level fantasies and abstractions that you have devised in your own head to defend the indefensible. But she isn't, buddy. She has a degree in sports journalism from the University of Idaho, and went to several colleges in several years. She thinks Leo Strauss is a brand of jeans. She doesn't have a clue what she's talking about. Remember: she doesn't know what the Bush Doctrine is and heard about the surge "on the news."

This is your lipsticked pitbull, buddy. Own it. And all the immense incuriosity, minimal education, and fact-resistant ambition that comes with it.
We now realize why Palin has been carefully shielded from interviews with journalists: because she doesn't have the slightest claim on readiness for the vice-presidency. Her singular interview, with the sycophantic Charlie Gibson, is transcribed here. Among its treasures:
I answered him [McCain] yes because I have the confidence in that readiness and knowing that you can't blink, you have to be wired in a way of being so committed to the mission, the mission that we're on, reform of this country and victory in the war, you can't blink.
You can't blink is a thin euphemism for you can't think or you can't entertain doubts in the pursuit of ideology. When asked about that "reform," she said something about drilling for more oil in Alaska but didn't get around to mentioning what else it might mean. Pulling more oil out of Alaska is the change we need after eight ruinous years of Bush-Cheney's refusals to blink?

A vote for McCain-Palin is not only a vote for a third Bush-Cheney term, it's a giant step toward Idiocracy.

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