Monty Python can’t top reality?

Sorry, I’ll try to move on from Sarah Palin soon. It’s just that I’m horrified that she could possibly be elected as our Vice President. That means she’s one heartbeat away from leading the (at least for now) most powerful nation on earth.

Here’s a snippet from Bob Herbert’s column about the Couric interview in Friday’s NY Times:

Gently interrupting, Ms. Couric asked, “Have you ever been involved in any negotiations, for example, with the Russians?”

“We have trade missions back and forth,” said Ms. Palin. “We do. It’s very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia. As Putin rears his head and comes into the airspace of the United States of America, where do they go? It’s Alaska. It’s just right over the border. It is from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there. They are right next to our state.”

It was surreal, the kind of performance that would generate a hearty laugh if it were part of a Monty Python sketch. But this is real life, and the stakes couldn’t be higher. As Ms. Palin was fumbling her way through the Couric interview, the largest bank failure in the history of the United States, the collapse of Washington Mutual, was occurring.

I do not want to live in a world where the veep is more bizarre than a Monty Python character.

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  1. Neil says:

    More bizarre than it is already? From the same NY Times article:

    “You wouldn’t put an unqualified pilot in the cockpit of a jetliner. The potential for catastrophe is far, far greater with an unqualified president.”

    Or put a once barely-qualified pilot in the president’s seat!

    Never mind Palin – McCain’s statements in the last couple of weeks don’t bode well for a less bizarre world, either, should he be the next pres. Let’s hope we don’t have to find out!

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