Can this woman go a day without a gaffe? Actually, Palin is much worse than Agnew. Agnew provided many, many gaffes and was crazy, but he could string coherent sentences together when necessary. And he actually ran a state where he dealt with prevalent issues of the time, like civil rights, urban decline, etc. Palin's got nothing like that. It's not that her record in Alaska is bad (though there are clearly some worrisome parts), just that it isn't very applicable to being president. And she is clearly unprepared, far more so than Agnew ever was.
At the end of the day, this pick might well be the worst VP selection ever. We're in Eagleton territory already, except that McCain can't drop her without the same fate befalling him that befell McGovern.
The Man, The Myth, The Bio
- East Bay, California, United States
- Problem: I have lots of opinions on politics and culture that I need to vent. If I do not do this I will wind up muttering to myself, and that's only like one or two steps away from being a hobo. Solution: I write two blogs. A political blog that has some evident sympathies (pro-Obama, mostly liberal though I dissent on some issues, like guns and trade) and a culture blog that does, well, cultural essays in a more long-form manner. My particular thing is taking overrated things (movies, mostly, but other things too) down a peg and putting underrated things up a peg. I'm sort of the court of last resort, and I tend to focus on more obscure cultural phenomena.