19 November 2010

Taking Leaders Seriously

The American Scene | Conor Friedersdorf | Taking Her Seriously

In light of Matthew Continetti’s latest blog post about Sarah Palin, her presidential aspirations, and the media’s treatment of those subjects, I’d like to reiterate a question I posed but that he never answered: Do you, Matthew Continetti, think that Sarah Palin is qualified to be President of the United States?

And why not add a few more specific inquiries while we’re at it. Would you be comfortable with Sarah Palin as Commander In Chief of the United States Armed Forces? What do you regard as the most insightful direct quotation she has ever uttered? In the whole of her time in public life what is her most impressive policy achievement? During a foreign policy crisis, is she the Republican you’d most trust to lead the country? Is she in the top five? The top ten? The top twenty? If you were the owner of five Applebee’s restaurants in California’s Inland Empire, would you trust the managerial capacity of Sarah Palin enough to put them in her care while you took an extended vacation abroad? [...]
That last one is actually a great question. I don't think I would trust hardly anyone in power currently with managing a business for me. Perhaps Paul Ryan. And Andy Harris. Austan Goolsbee?  A few other folks.  But it's a very short list.

But Palin? Rangel? Biden? No F'ing way.  I wouldn't even trust most of those people to walk my dog while I'm away.

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