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Thursday, September 25, 2008
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Palin on her foreign policy experience:

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Thoughts or comments?

I have to admit that I agree with John Cole’s take:

This is like one of those awkward moments in school when a student is giving a presentation they are completely unprepared for, and the teacher knows it, the student knows it, and everyone watching knows it, yet you sit there and go through the charade.

Having been the prof in such a scenario, I am well familiar with the feeling.

Seriously, if she could at least point to a single example wherein she was personally involved in some sort (any sort) of direct meetings with a Russian representative that would help bolster her argument (weak though it may be). However, she appears to not even be able to do that. Further, the continued treatment of far eastern Russia as some nexus of Russian activity is ludicrous.

h/t for the video: Sullivan.

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  1. That’s not even a good b.s. job. I am sure your ‘best’ undergraduates can do better than that!

    Comment by MSS — Thursday, September 25, 2008 @ 3:08 pm

  2. Well, yes.

    I wasn’t thinking about my “best” undergrads, to be sure ;)

    Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Thursday, September 25, 2008 @ 3:11 pm

  3. Thoughts or comments?

    McCain needs to suspend his campaign indefinitely-I’m a big fan of democracy, but its hard to see how these Bobbsey Twins can be thought of as credible candidates.

    Palin makes McKinney seem like a Rhodes Scholar, for crying out loud….

    Comment by Ratoe — Thursday, September 25, 2008 @ 4:20 pm

  4. I don’t know about meeting with Russia, but a gem left out of the Gibson interview ( ) included:

    GIBSON: Have you ever met a foreign head of state?

    PALIN: There in the state of Alaska, our international trade activities bring in many leaders of other countries.

    GIBSON: And all governors deal with trade delegations.

    PALIN: Right.

    Comment by Max Lybbert — Thursday, September 25, 2008 @ 5:43 pm

  5. What is she even talking about? Do you think she knows? Or is she trying to repeat what she was told to say, and failing miserably?

    Comment by BaxterJ — Thursday, September 25, 2008 @ 6:11 pm

  6. This is painful. What bugs me is that she’s a good pol, and had she been more ready when made the veep, she may have done well, and some of the things she supports I love. She could have been a up and comer in a GOP that desperately needs them. Now, she’s deservedly the punch line of a national joke. If she had had a chance to build up her positions on national and foreign policy issues over the next four years, thinking she may have a shot at higher national office, we would either know that she couldn’t pick this stuff up, or she would have picked it up. Now, she’s ruined, even if she has the smarts to learn this stuff.

    Of course, the more I see, the less I’m thinking she could do that, but stranger things have happened.

    Comment by B. Minich — Thursday, September 25, 2008 @ 9:02 pm

  7. I can’t believe I am saying this, but I almost feel sorry for her-not enough to support her as a VP candidate, of course. I am embarrassed for her. At first her responses to questions were entertaining, but now they are just sad and cringe-worthy. I wonder if she realizes just how poorly she is doing.

    Comment by Sheri — Friday, September 26, 2008 @ 8:23 am

  8. Are all democrats so afraid of Sarah Palin , to atack her so much ? Remember McCain is the one running for president.

    Comment by J. Seidner — Friday, September 26, 2008 @ 12:17 pm

  9. Yes, J. I am terrified of her…I am terrified of McCain dying in office and her becoming president. The thought wakes me up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat.

    Comment by Sheri — Friday, September 26, 2008 @ 4:49 pm

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