The McCain camp would dearly love to make this campaign all about character, not issues. And why not? After all, they’re running “The Maverick” and “Miss Congeniality” against an “uppity” black man.
William Kristol, cofounder of the Project for the New American Century writes:
“Should voters be alarmed by a relatively young or inexperienced vice-presidential candidate? No. Since 1900, five vice presidents have succeeded to the presidency during their term in office: Teddy Roosevelt in 1901, Calvin Coolidge in 1923, Harry Truman in 1945, Lyndon Johnson in 1963, and Gerald Ford in 1974. Teddy Roosevelt took over at age 42, becoming our youngest president, and he’s generally thought to have proved up to the job. Truman was V.P. for less than three months and had been kept in the dark by Franklin Roosevelt about such matters as the atom bomb — and he’s generally thought to have risen to the occasion. Character, judgment and the ability to learn seem to matter more to success as president than the number of years one’s been in Washington.”
Mind you, this is in support of Govenor Sarah Palin. Kristol concludes, “A Wasilla Wal-Mart Mom a heartbeat away? I suspect most voters will say, No problem. And some — perhaps a decisive number — will say, It’s about time.”
What have we learned in the intervening 2 weeks since Kristol blithely suggested that Palin, McCain too, for that matter, have the character, judgment and the ability to learn necessary to be President?
Palin is clueless about the Bush Doctrine – and Republicans complain that it was an unfair question.
Palin’s credentials on National Security boil down to the fact that one can see Russia from Alaska (note: no one actually claims she has traveled to wherever it is in Alaska that one can see Russia) and Palin is put forth as the Nation’s leading expert on Energy. Yet when asked about the oil export ban, Palin’s answer is incomprehensible.