UPDATE (9:29PM PT) — I just watched the full interview (at least part 1) on ABC News. She may be worse than Bush.
I admit, when she was initially picked, I thought Sarah Palin might prove to be Quayle with Lipstick.
But as we see more of her, the comparison to Quayle doesn't seem to work (to be fair to Dan Quayle, he actually answered questions from the media after he was picked by George H.W. Bush unlike Palin, so perhaps this is premature).
Instead, Palin increasingly reminds me of someone else: George W. Bush.
Watch the clip above. It's pretty clear she doesn't know what the Bush Doctrine is (which was what Gibson asked). There is a moment's hesitation, a slight deer-in-the-headlights look.
But just like W., she doesn't let shameful ignorance deter her one moment. She plows ahead, full of certainty.
Then there was very revealing (and, to this blogger, scary) exchange:
GIBSON: And you didn't say to yourself, "Am I experienced enough? Am I
ready? Do I know enough about international affairs? Do I — will I
feel comfortable enough on the national stage to do this?"
PALIN: I didn't hesitate, no.
GIBSON: Didn't that take some hubris?
PALIN: I — I answered him yes because I have the confidence in that
readiness and knowing that you can't blink, you have to be wired in a
way of being so committed to the mission, the mission that we're on,
reform of this country and victory in the war, you can't blink. (em. mine)
Sounds just like George Bush, doesn't it.
Ready, fire, aim. Shades of "I'm the Decider."
Gibson even offered up the key word — hubris — to give Palin a chance to show some small amount self-awareness, some humility, some actual understanding of what is in store, and the more complex qualities great leaders must possess.
All this attention on Palin the last week or two has got me thinking about the Cuban Missile crisis, the closest we've ever come to full scale, nuclear war. A young, reasonably inexperienced President facing nuclear missiles 90 miles from the coast of Florida. That same President being goaded by many of his senior advisers — including his Joint Chiefs of Staff — to launch a full scale invasion and attack. Some even argued for a pre-emptive nuclear strike.
What were the most important leadership skills young President Kennedy used to defuse the crisis, avert nuclear war? Restraint. Patience. Coolness under fire.
Being prepared to be President requires far more than "not blinking." It's more than being "wired in a
way of being so committed to the mission." Honestly, what a juvenile and moronic answer. What a revealing answer.
As idiotic as Dan Quayle could sometimes be, he had more of a clue.