And that led me to the Newsweek cover story in question. It starts with a recap of Palin's failure to provide Katie Couric with a single example of a Supreme Court case with which she disagrees. Palin's got problems, says the article.
A McCain campaign adviser says the question was fair, but wonders how many Americans would be able to name one for themselves. I can! See above for the foremost on my mind these days. But perhaps Couric should've have widened the net and asked for Palin to name ANY case. I hope some Americans can do that. But really, shouldn't she know MORE? A wee bit? No, of course not. Smarts is offensive.
The writer sums it up thusly: "Do we want leaders who are everyday folks, or do we want leaders who understand everyday folks?" I'd say we could have both and Sarah Palin is neither. If I had to choose one, I'd go with the latter, thanks.
I may find this passage particularly moving:
Jackson, Lincoln, Truman, Eisenhower, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan and Clinton were born to ordinary families, but they spent their lives doing extraordinary things, demonstrating an interest in, and a curiosity about, the world around them. This is much less evident in Palin's case.This is a list of men - self-made bootstrapping types, or at least so go the myths attached to each. (Largely true, yes.) Don't women in positions of political - or any - power tend to make themselves as well? Don't we have a bit more against us? Don't we climb a bit more purposefully, tentatively, and doggedly? Must we not? We drive harder because the presumption is that we have to do so and that we don't know as much or lack the same innate capabilities. But what Sarah Palin is showing the world is that it IS about smiling after all. It's not about substance, it's about take-no-prisoners style. If someone challenges you, kill them. Don't learn more, just kill them.
What's maddening in all of this is that, no, Barack Obama doesn't have loads more experience than Palin. I think his experience, qualitatively, counts for more, but I'd almost be willing to call it a draw if not for Palin's attitude.
Barack Obama's narrative reveals a man with a burning need to learn. He bootstrapped himself to a 5-star education. He sought his African roots. He speaks of hope and a limitless future. Palin, on the other hand, seems to revel in limitations - mainly her own (she's only been here, like, five weeks, y'all, wink). What the hell kind of message does that send our daughters?