Over at the Atlantic, James Fallows has a very important point to make about why it's important for a vice-president to know the difference between the Bush Doctrine and kind of lamp they sell at Ikea…
It is embarrassing to have to spell this out, but for the record let me explain why Gov. Palin's answer to the "Bush Doctrine" question — the only part of the recent interview I have yet seen over here in China — implies a disqualifying lack of preparation for the job.
Alright, I have a feeling this is going to be good. Let's see what Fallows has to say about Palin…
Each of us has areas we care about, and areas we don't. If we are interested in a topic, we follow its development over the years. And because we have followed its development, we're able to talk and think about it in a "rounded" way. We can say: Most people think X, but I really think Y. Or: most people used to think P, but now they think Q. Or: the point most people miss is Z. Or: the question I'd really like to hear answered is A.
I can honestly say that I have absolutely no interest in X, so he's losing me a little bit. And while I have a fleeting interest in Q, Z is something that's always confounded me. (There, I said it.)
Can we talk about Palin, please?
Mention a name or theme — Brett Favre, the Patriots under Belichick, Lance Armstrong's comeback, Venus and Serena…
How about we mention the name Sarah Palin?
…and anyone who cares about sports can have a very sophisticated discussion about the ins and outs and myth and realities and arguments and rebuttals. People who don't like sports can't do that.
Do you know what I care about? Political analysis that's about politics. Okay, I guess I can kind of understand the sports analogy, people do that a lot with politics.
Just so long as he doesn't start going into something completely unrelated, like fashion, antique furniture, the world of restaurants and fine dining, or (blush) opera…
On a wide range of other topics — fashion, antique furniture, the world of restaurants and fine dining, or (blush) opera — I have not been interested enough to learn anything I can add to the discussion.
I almost certain that Fallows does eventually make a decent point about Palin's speech last night.
Maybe you should just go check it out yourself.
Tags: Bush Doctrine, Sarah Palin