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Vice Presidential Expectations

The Saint Louis Rams are off to a dismal start.  They lost their first four games usually by wide margins, on average twenty six points.  It doesn’t matter if they’re playing at home or if they’re playing away.  It doesn’t matter if key players are injured or if key players are healthy.  If the Rams are playing then the Rams are losing.  Just this past Monday head coach Scott Linehan, has been dumped after the hapless football team lost seventeen of its last twenty games.  Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett has been given the unenviable task of trying to revive the franchise.  Considering how well the other teams have been able to score against the Rams I really don’t see much of an improvement.  Just this past week the Buffalo Bills were able to outscore the Rams by twenty five unanswered points in the first half alone on the way to their 31-14 victory on Ram’s home turf.

With all that said if the Rams lose their next game only by five points, they will still be winless losers.  The fact that they made an improvement in their performance is notable.  But the fact of the matter is that the other team will still be their superior with a better record.  Nobody in the National Football League wins games by losing by less than what’s expected.  That only happens in gambling and, unfortunately, in politics.

The world waits with baited breath as Republican vice presidential candidate Alaska Governor Sarah Palin prepares to debate her Democratic opponent Delaware Senator Joe Biden.  Mr. Biden is a seasoned veteran of the United States Senate with a long history of accomplishments.  Ms. Palin is the spunky first time Governor of one of the most beautiful and remote states in the country.  And the debate is expected to be one of the most anticipated television events is broadcast history.

Ms. Palin doesn’t have much experience in national politics.  In fact, prior to being selected to be Arizona Senator John McCain’s as the best candidate as his running mate, Ms. Palin has never operated at the national level.  Ms. Palin has been protected from reporters with levels of security that could protect an Israeli prime minister walking though the toughest Palestinian neighborhood on a moonless night.  Her first interview with Charles Gibson of ABC News exposed her limited understanding of global politics.  Her interviews with Katie Couric of CBS News exposed her inability to form comprehensive sentences under pressure and admit that she doesn’t know everything.  The fact that Tina Fey of Saturday Night Live can do a hilarious skit based on Ms. Palin’s answers practically word for word is testament to the fact that Ms. Palin is somewhat lacking.

The lack of public exposure combined with her somewhat unintelligent answers to Ms. Couric’s and Mr. Gibson’s questions is enough for some people to see that Ms. Palin is not ready for prime time on a national level.  Her approval rating has dropped significantly in the past few weeks where all she did with respect to political campaigning is reread her acceptance speech.  Thank god she’s stopped with that thanks but no thanks line.  In response to one of her interviews with Ms. Couric, Mr. McCain decided to sit in on the next interview in order to do damage control.  Not a very strong move for building confidence in the decision to pick Ms. Palin as the vice presidential nominee.

Some conservative political pundits say that Ms. Palin could serve her country, her party, and Mr. McCain if she would just step aside and remove her self from the political race.  But in typical political fashion Ms. Palin promises to finish what she started.  She has campaigned against Democratic presidential hopeful Illinois Senator Barack Obama in his bid for the White House and she has come out swinging against her VP opponent with references about being in the second grade when Mr. Biden made his first appearance at the national level in a not so subtle jab at Mr. Biden’s age.  The fact that her own running mate Mr. McCain is six years Mr. Biden’s senior was overlooked.  Ms. Palin has a knack for leaving herself open by overlooking exactly what she’s saying like when she slams community organizers.  There was a serious backfire.

But nevertheless a lot of people say that if Ms. Palin can do a little more than just show up and not say anything stupid she’ll win the debate.  Some people say that if Mr. Biden makes the woman look too incompetent it can actually backfire and she’ll win the sympathy of many voters.  Are American’s supposed to pick the next leader of the free world based on sympathy?  It appears so.

I don’t expect much from Ms. Palin.  I don’t think she’ll do all that well.  But even if she does a decent job and avoid embarrassing herself and her party she still doesn’t have much to stand on to prove that she can handle the job of being a moment away from being President of the United States.  It is a job best left to people with clear demonstration of national level politics and global understandings.  As Mr. McCain likes to say, this is not a congeniality contest.

Thursday, October 2, 2008 - Posted by | ABC News, Barack Obama, CBS News, Democrats, Joe Biden, John McCain, Politics, Republicans, Sarah Palin


  1. I personally think that they are trying to come up with any excuse to explain her stupidity. This time McCain will try and call it “gotcha” debating. They are a bunch of clowns and will probably win due to the stupidity of our country.

    This is what I call people who don’t take the job of president seriously. You shouldn’t want or have a need to see yourself having a beer with good ole’ “Joe Six Pack.” I guess I may be the only person who doesn’t want a drunk ass president meeting with world leaders on my behalf.

    Not to mention I don’t want a VP who tells every leader that “she’ll get back to ya” when they ask a question of her. Yet this is the game she pulls each time she talks with anyone. Or she starts running off at the mouth like some sort of drunken cheerleader spewing the sqaud secrets.

    Give me a break Mr. McGoo!

    Comment by theblacksentinel | Thursday, October 2, 2008 | Reply

  2. Thanks for the feedback theblacksentinel,

    It’s as if people in America have become so complacent about not thinking that we no longer have the ability to think anymore and are ready to jump to any conclusion the people we admire tells us to. I guess it comes from all those television endorsements from celebrities. If so-and-so says it’s good, then that’s good enough for me. It’s as if we have become an entire country of Maria Antoinettes.

    There are problems some where? Don’t worry! We’ll just send the people who caused the problem over there. After all, if they caused it they must be experts at how to fix it. And since they had every incentive to cause the problem in the first place of course they will have no incentive to fix the problem. Thinking is simply overrated.


    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Thursday, October 2, 2008 | Reply

  3. […] a blogger points out that this lowering of the bar for Palin is sheer nonsense: The Saint Louis Rams are off to a dismal start. They lost their first four games usually by wide […]

    Pingback by Republicans: Americans Don’t Care if Sarah Palin is a Clueless Idiot « blueollie | Thursday, October 2, 2008 | Reply

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