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Brains in the Afternoon. - Elf M. Sternberg
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Brains in the Afternoon.
John McCain walks into the sucker punch
Barack Obama today: "John McCain would rather lose his integrity than lose an election."
Why does John McCain hate Sarah Palin?
"I have had a strong and a long relationship on national security, I've been involved in every national crisis that this nation has faced since Beirut, I understand the issues, I understand and appreciate the enormity of the challenge we face from radical Islamic extremism. I am prepared. I am prepared. I need no on-the-job training. I wasn't a mayor for a short period of time. I wasn't a governor for a short period of time," - Senator John McCain, October,
2007.

Sarah Palin's interview shows she lacks the intellectual curiosity needed to be vice president, much less president.
What Sarah Palin revealed is that she has not been interested enough in world affairs to become minimally conversant with the issues. Many people in our great land might have difficulty defining the "Bush Doctrine" exactly. But not to recognize the name, as obviously was the case for Palin, indicates not a failure of last-minute cramming but a lack of attention to any foreign-policy discussion whatsoever in the last seven years.
And I think that's really the main point. She's like Bush: "decisive" without being knowledgable, ready to blunder because it'll all work out, and she's in a position where she doesn't have to care if it doesn't.

This isn't about Sarah Palin. It's about how John McCain failed to vet Sarah Palin properly.

John McCain can't run on his one unpopular idea, so he's left peddling lipsticks on pigs.
Goldberg has a really good piece in the Atlantic right now, including the important observation that McCain views all international relationships in 19th Century, zero-sum terms, yet he wants to run a 21st century, upwardly spiraling world, and he pimps it with this observation: McCain's solution to most problems is preemption, militarily if nothing else seems to be working, and he can't sell that.

Sullivan: Charles Krauthammers lets the mask slip
Krauthammer portrays Obama as a celebrity without merit or ability and enjoys the "celebrity" stamp. He ignores completely McCain's shameless media whoring on Saturday Night Live, Letterman, and (even today) The View. He writes condescendingly of Obama's ability to "maintain altitude" ever since the 2004 Democratic National Convention, And now he writes that "Palin's job is easier. She only has to remain airborne for seven more weeks."

That's it? After all this vitriol and cursing that the American people are too stupid to recognize "vapid celebrity" when they see it, Krauthammer is now relying on the same stupidity he sees and decries as allowing Sarah Palin to float into office.

I wonder what Gary Trudeau would use for Palin. The Dan Quayle feather would be too kind.

David Frum (!) echoes my concerns about American pride in ignorance
My fellow conservatives... are so attracted by the symbolism of the selection that they show no concern -- never mind for her executive competence -- even for her views. There's a photograph circulating on conservative blogs that shows Palin lounging on a motorcycle, paired with another of Obama in a helmet on a bicycle. It's headed: "All you need to know." Personally I need to know a little more. That's not even insufficient information. It's anti-information -- a denial that information matters.


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ideaphile From: ideaphile Date: September 13th, 2008 07:59 am (UTC) (Link)

What a coincidence

Obama views all economic issues in 19th Century, zero-sum terms, yet he wants to run a 21st century, upwardly spiraling economy.

(You may proceed to miss the point now.)

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