- No one has any right to criticize her.
- No one has any right to interview her.
- Specifying her missteps, illegalities and failures as mayor and governor are not allowed.
In one way, this unraveling mess shows a refreshing naïveté on the part of the cynical and manipulative Republicans. McCain and his club seem to think they can wave their hands or do a Wizard of Oz — pay no attention to the woman behind the curtain. Look at her legs, the legs!
Lackaday for them, even the blind media can feel about for the lumps and pockmarks on this unknown candidate. In fact, her very lack of résumé makes them reach out.
Our reading list today includes:
- Gallison Keillor — Even living in the GOP convention town, he does not buy into efforts to shield Palin's unbelievable lightness of qualifications. He writes, "She's like the Current Occupant but with big hair. If you want inexperience, there were better choices. " He also notes, "When you check the actuarial tables on a 72-year-old guy who's had three bouts with cancer, you guess you may be looking at the first woman president, a hustling Evangelical with ethics issues and a chip on her shoulder..."
- Cintra Wilson — The ever readable and outrageous columnist is outraged at what Palin represents now and portends for women if elected. She thinks women should also be outraged at this "White House bunny -- the most nauseating novelty confection of the evangelical mind-set since Southern 'chastity balls...'" To Wilson, "Sarah Palin is the sexual front of the culture war and the embodiment of the bold social engineering stance of the new authoritarianism that Republicans have been employing ever since they stole the election in 2000...(They) offer you the hope of putting women back in their place."
- James Carville — The Dem strategist and now commentator seems wistful for when the GOP put up experienced and focused candidates worthy of the battle. Going with the opposite bodes ill long-term for the party, he contends. With his impulsive selection, McCain "gambled away one of his party’s surest advantages."
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