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Aren't you astounded at Sarah Palins lack of knowledge?

Asked by SoapChef (2968points) October 2nd, 2008

I just watched another segment of her Katie Couric interview where she could not name one other Supreme Court case besides Roe v Wade. This on the heels of the Exxon Valdez case about two months ago with the focus on her own state. She is so clearly out of her league here. Her answers are bumbling and pathetic and bring to mind the laughable (if it wan’t so serious), yet painful verbal gaffes of W’s. Which made me think of a joke. What is the difference between George Bush and Sarah Palin? LIPSTICK!!!!

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queenzboulevard's avatar

I’m very surprised! Watch the SNL clip on Hulu it describes it perfectly lol

EmpressPixie's avatar

Clarification: she couldn’t name another Supreme Court case she disagreed with. Most of the easy ones we remember aren’t exactly ones we disagree with. She probably knew the decisions, but not the case names. I don’t like her, but I’d rather dislike her for good reasons.

Can you imagine the disaster it would have been if she was like, “Oh! Brown vs. Board of Education! That’s one!”

loser's avatar

I am astounded and disgusted, personally.

dalepetrie's avatar

In many ways, she’s the perfect candidate for America.

I also think every American should watch these two clips back to back before they are allowed to vote (note the first clip is actually a mash up of two clips, so really it’s like 3 clips).

rawpixels's avatar

If the majority of Americans payed attention to issues, Ron Paul would be the GOP candidate right now. Sarah Palin is an embarrassment, and John McCain will suffer an overwhelming defeat because of it, along with other factors.

SoapChef's avatar

@dale What a great article, thanks for that. I have spent a lot of time complaining lately that Americans vote for the wrong reasons. This must have been something the campaign stratgegists believed also, when they chose her.
@ Empress You are right the question asked which ones she disagreed with. I can’t believe that it would be lost on anyone though, that she simply could not THINK of another one, period. All that uncomfortable blathering and all she would have had to do was state, straight up, “There are no other Supreme Court cases that I disagree with”. I won’t pretend to have a great deal of knowledge about Supreme Court rulings, but I expect my leaders to. I am an average US citizen, who wants the people in charge to have above average intelligence, a stellar education and compassion. This is America, there are strong, amazing, focused people out there who are exemplary in every way. This is the best we could do? I think I have VERY good reasons for disliking her. I have many more but I will shut the hell up now, I am boring myself.
@ raw I Soooooo hope you are right about the defeat thing! Its my American dream.

rawpixels's avatar

@Soap

I hardly think Obama is an ideal candidate. I’m not crazy about all of his views, but he’s certainly a better candidate than McCain.

basp's avatar

I was just watching some interview clips of her and could not believe how pathetically unaware she is.

queenzboulevard's avatar

@dale that article is HILARIOUS I loved it!

EmpressPixie's avatar

@Soapchef: I just think that there are so many good reasons to doubt her abilities, that the situation should be reported completely accurately. Because the more generous you are to her, the more obvious it is she’s a train wreck. (Didn’t she or McCain specifically reference one they don’t like in their RNC speech?)

flameboi's avatar

What can you expect from a woman who was raised in a small town like she was, if you ask her where Bratislava is or the capital of Somalia, I’m sure she would say “no comments…”

dalepetrie's avatar

rawpixels, I understand why some people like Ron Paul, but I really don’t think it’s a matter of people not paying attention to the issues that causes him to be less popular. I think those on the left (about 1/3 of the voters) are really feeling that we need more social safety net protections from our government these days and those on the right (about 1/3 of voters) favor a bit more interventionism in the military than Paul would care for. That leaves the 1/3 in the middle and 1/3 of those lean left, 1/3 lean right and 1/3 are the people referenced in this article. So what’s that, 11%. Enough to swing an election from left to right (every election in the history of the US would have swung the other way if 9% changed their minds), but he’d have to be in line with either the left base or the right, and he’s not. So, the unwashed masses, the uncritical low info voters can be faulted for picking the greater of two evils, but they’re not the reason a 3rd party candidate won’t make it to the forefront. THAT can only be fixed by taking money out of elections.

EmpressPixie's avatar

@Dale We could also change the system to make third party candidates more viable. For instance, two-round voting systems favor more parties. Taking money out of the elections would as well, but I think it has to be more than just that.

dalepetrie's avatar

Yes, there are many solutions. The biggest problem is that even if they are popular, they’re not “viable” and when the two extremes are SO far apart, few are willing to “waste” their vote, not so much in hopes of their guy getting in, but because they fear the other guy so much.

PupnTaco's avatar

After eight years of the Dumbfuck-in-Chief, nothing surprises me. She’s the logical extension of Dubya and the right’s anti-intellectualism.

loser's avatar

I think Marina should be president.

cookieman's avatar

Hell ya. Is it too late to get Marina on the ballot? :^)

cookieman's avatar

With AstroChuck as VP.

loser's avatar

If not, I’ll be doing a write-in this year!

JunkCult's avatar

No, I’m not astounded. Nor am I particularly concerned. She’s just the vice-presidential candidate, for goodness sake. And the less the VP knows or does, the better for all of us. (Of course, I think that the less anyone in Washington does is better for the country.)

JunkCult's avatar

By the way, here’s one way I like to determine whether I like a candidate: How would I feel if he/she were name to run my company, where he/she had to make decisions designed to keep my company succeeding? Frankly, of all the candidates, I’d feel most comfortable with Sarah Palin at the helm. I’d update my resume if it were McCain, Obama or Biden…

dalepetrie's avatar

A company is a bit different than a country though. I don’t buy the argument that a few months of executive experience running the 3rd smallest state in the nation, after being mayor of a pissant town which became the meth capital of the state on your watch is exactly the kind of experience you need to be President. And notice I said President, and not Vice President. Because yeah, I’d be OK with her being Vice President if there were a guarantee she wouldn’t move forth to the Presidency. But the VP has 2 jobs, take over if the President can’t function and break ties in the Senate. I wouldn’t trust her to legislate, so I wouldn’t want her doing the later, and the former…well she’d be one 72 year old heartbeat away from having to do that part of her job, and since John McMealanoma has had cancer 4 times, I’m not exactly thrilled with that idea.

And to be honest, in picking someone to run my company, I have to say I’d value judgement over experience…I think experience is what you need to operate a forklift…talent is what you need to operate a company.

fireside's avatar

Can anyone believe that this person would have a chance to be Vice President of the US?

JunkCult's avatar

I didn’t mean that she was necessarily the most experienced as an adminstrator. I meant that I’d trust her run the company/country with a greater concern for the bottom line and not necessarily blindly following the party line. The other three obviously have no problem ignoring the basic concepts of the capitalist and democratic systems.

EmpressPixie's avatar

@Junk: Interesting. Carly Fiorina, the ex-CEO of Hewlett-Packard said she absolutely didn’t think McCain or Palin could run a Fortune 500 company. And she was on the McCain campaign. (She’s not now because, um, she said she absolutely didn’t think, well, you get the idea.)

dalepetrie's avatar

The other thing to consider JunkCult is that she’s not the fiscal conservative she claims to be.

- she spent $14.7 million on a hockey arena as Mayor of Wasilla, a town with an annual budget of $20 million (any CEO who spent 3/4 of their annual budget on recreation would be fired immediately).
– she OK’d a bond issue for the land for the hockey arena before the land purchase was agreed to, ultimately costing taxpayers 6 times what they would have paid had she gotten her ducks in a row, and then hiked taxes 25% to pay for it (only so many times your customers will take price increases before they go to a competitor).
– Alaska ranks #1 in annual Federal spending per resident ($13,950) even though tax revenues from each resident rank #18 ($5,434) (No one is going to subsidize a business in this way and stay in business for too long).
– She campaigned on being for the bridge to nowhere before she changed her mind (after Congress defeated it), but kept the Federal funds she’d already gotten for it (might fly in government, not so much in the business world).
– Even though she says she sold her predecessor’s jet plane on ebay for a profit, she actually sold it to a campaign contributor for a $600,000 loss, and now the buyer is seeking a $50,000 reimbursement for maintenance costs (not exactly a good deal from the standpoint of a head of a company).

I personally wouldn’t hire her, unless I needed someone to field dress a moose.

JunkCult's avatar

In Palin’s defense, I’d put much more of that federal money boondoggle on the despicable Ted Stevens instead of her. However, the answer is obvious. I wouldn’t want to have ANY of them run my company. I was hoping to invent a glimmer of hope in the sea of hopelessness that is the current US government and election system. I really want a Libertarian president to come in and dismantle the federal government. Everyone else is just more of the same.

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