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3rd September 2008 Charles J. Brown
03:31 pm

The True Experience Test


Pundits and bloggers have spilled a lot of ink (and bits) this week over whether Sarah Palin is qualified to be a “heartbeat away from the Presidency.”  I’m not sure that’s the right question.

Let’s pose a different hypothetical.  What if John McCain were to die tomorrow?  Would the Republican National Committee name Sarah Palin to be their candidate?  Probably, in fact almost definitely not.  They would turn to someone else — Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Rudy Giuliani, maybe even Fred Thompson.  But you can bet the bank they would not choose her.

To be fair, were we to pose the same hypothetical about the Democrats, there’s a very real possibility that DNC members would not name Joe Biden — they would almost definitely name Hillary Clinton.  But Biden would be a clear second choice, passed over not because he was qualified but rather because Hillary got almost as many votes as Barack.

In contrast, Palin probably wouldn’t even make the top five.  Senior Republican leaders don’t believe she’s qualified.  That’s why so many party regulars are leaking to the press.  They’re stunned and angry, and worry that she will drag down the ticket.  They don’t believe she has the foreign policy chops.  They also don’t believe she knows how to manage a large and complex economy.

The key question isn’t whether Palin is qualified to be President “someday.”  The key question is whether Republicans believe that she is qualified to be President right now.

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