Sarah Palin, Ignoramus
The dictionary definition of ignorant:
1. lacking in knowledge or training; unlearned: an ignorant man.
2. lacking knowledge or information as to a particular subject or fact: ignorant of quantum physics.
3. uninformed; unaware.
4. due to or showing lack of knowledge or training: an ignorant statement.
She fits the bill in all those but especially 2. She’s likable and, I presume, of above average intelligence. She is, however, utterly lacking in knowledge or training about matters of public policy, law, or international affairs that one expects a vice presidential nominee to bring to the table.
I didn’t call her an idiot or a moron. I don’t think she’s too stupid to learn about any of those things but she’s demonstrably spent the first 44 years of her life without displaying the curiosity to do so.
Scott Adams (of “Dilbert” fame) says we’re all idiots, just about different things. Sarah Palin knows more about moose hunting and snowmobiling than I’ll ever know. Unfortunately, those things are of only tertiary help for one who could, in a little over four months, be a heartbeat away from the presidency.
I’m hardly an outlier in this view. According to two national surveys taken after the VP debates, a plurality of Americans agree with my assessment:
- NBC News/Wall Street Journal: “Forty-nine percent say that Pali is unqualified to be president if the need arises, compared with 40 percent who say she’s qualified. By contrast, 64 percent believe Biden is qualified to be president, versus just 21 percent who disagree.”
- CNN/Opinion Research: “87 percent of the people polled said Biden is qualified while only 42 percent said Palin is qualified.”
So, incidentally, do a growing number of prominent conservative commenters.
- George Will: “The man who would be the oldest to embark on a first presidential term has chosen as his possible successor a person of negligible experience.”
- Christopher Buckley: “And finally, not to belabor it, there was the Palin nomination. What on earth can he have been thinking?”
- David Brooks: “She has not been engaged in national issues, does not have a repertoire of historic patterns and, like President Bush, she seems to compensate for her lack of experience with brashness and excessive decisiveness.”
- Peggy Noonan: “The most qualified? No. I think they went for this, excuse me, political bullshit about narratives. “
- Charles Krauthammer: “Palin fatally undermines this entire line of attack. This is through no fault of her own. It is simply a function of her rookie status.”
- David Frum: “Ms. Palin’s experience in government makes Barack Obama look like George C. Marshall.”
- Kathleen Parker: “Palin’s recent interviews with Charles Gibson, Sean Hannity, and now Katie Couric have all revealed an attractive, earnest, confident candidate. Who Is Clearly Out Of Her League.”
There are many more where that came from.