Tag Archives: lack of judgment

Palin: Pretty, premature, precipitate, precarious pick

Premature: adj. too hurried and impulsive, born after too short a gestation period

Precipitate or precipitous: adj. acting with excessive impulse; lacking due deliberation

Precarious: adj. dangerously lacking in security or stability

When it’s possible that your vice-president might, by circumstance, suddenly become President, you’d think that a wise presidential candidate would make a very careful choice of running mate. You would want him/ her not only to be knowledgeable of international affairs, but also to have a clean past which you would thoroughly investigate before making your choice.

Not John McCain.

His choice for VP proves his lack of judgment: it was a premature, precipitate and precarious pick. He has not only chosen someone with only 20 months of governing experience above the village level, he has chosen someone that he and his team never bothered to vet!

Oh, he sort of knew Sarah Palin was in a legal pickle over the firing of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan but probably figured that it would get swept under the rug the way so many Republican scandals do.

What is mind-boggling is that nobody on his staff ever bothered to go to the newspaper in her home town of Wasilla and see what the locals were saying. The Valley Frontiersman has no online archive so the only way to do the research is on site. (The Anchorage Daily News already has plenty dirt.)

Three days AFTER picking Palin, McCain sends 8 staffers to Wasilla to check her out.

Even if they turn up NOTHING unsavory (they wish!) is this the way a President McCain would conduct the business of the United States? Act NOW, think LATER.

The implications are ominous.

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Presidential qualifications: the Palin Pick

John McCain has shown his true colors (lack of judgment): picking a person for his running mate who is in every way the embodiment of inexperience.

A vice-president is “one heartbeat away from the presidency.”  John McCain is not only 72 years old (today) and several-time cancer survivor, he has shown signs of senility.  The last person we need at the helm is a person with just 20 months of experience as Governor of a state with only 670,000 residents.

Before that she was mayor of Wasila, Alaska, a town with only 6,500 residents, where, as right-leaning pundit Ron Fournier says, “the biggest issue is controlling growth and the biggest annual worry is whether there will be enough snow for the Iditarod dog-mushing race.”

Did McCain pick Palin in a Hail Mary pass to attract Clinton supporters? Or evangelical pro-life creationists?

TrapperJohn at DailyKos notes:

Palin lacks any foreign policy experience, and is bereft of even the two core areas of policy expertise that governors are supposed to bring to a ticket — ag policy (Alaska doesn’t have much in the way of traditional agriculture) and urban affairs (the biggest city Anchorage is the 65th largest city in the US, behind such giants as Corpus Christi).

Palin describes herself as “just your average hockey mom.” And how, pray tell, does that experience qualify her for what could easily become the presidency???

We are still reeling from two terms of a cowboy/frat-boy president. God save us.

At some later date we’ll discuss the corrupt Republican Party in Alaska, of which she is a part (and has her own “Troopergate” scandal going). And the whole oil bidness.