Thursday, September 18, 2008

Ready or not -- Palin says she'll be ready!

In the bizarro world of Sarah Palin and John McCain, you make something true just be saying it's so. Yesterday at a town hall meeting in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Palin assured the crowd she'll be ready to serve by January 20, 2009. Like a proud student who stayed up all night cramming for finals, Palin invited skeptics to quiz her on her knowledge:

“If you want specifics with specific policies or countries go ahead and you can ask me. You can even play stump-the-candidate if you want to."

After making this bold offer, Palin did not offer anyone a chance to actually play "stump the candidate." We'll have to wait and see if McCain's handlers have been successful in pumping her with knowledge - no doubt, they've ben putting in triple overtime to get Palin ready.

At one point in the meeting, a woman challenged Palin on her qualifications saying:

“Gov. Palin, there has been quite a bit of discussion about your perceived lack of foreign policy experience, and I want to give you your chance. If you could please respond to that criticism and give us specific skills that you think you have to bring to the White House to rebut that or mitigate that concern.”

Instead of offering specifics, Palin said she's being criticized by her opponents because she is a “Washington outsider.” She assured the crowd she will be prepared for the job by January, seeming to suggest that she'll pick up all the knowledge she needs in the next four months. She said:

“As for foreign policy, you know I think that I am prepared and I know that on Jan. 20, if we are so blessed as to be sworn into office as your president and vice president, certainly we’ll be ready. I’ll be ready. I have that confidence. I have that readiness.”

How's that for credentials! She is confident she'll be ready so, gosh darn it, she'll be ready! After this silly statement by Palin, McCain jumped in to tout her experience with energy issues and suggested she was prepared because her son is headed off to serve in Iraq:

“A large contingent of the Alaska guard deployed to Iraq and her son happened to be one of them,” he said, “so I think she understands our national security challenges.”

That's exciting news for all the rest of you parents of military children out there - you too might be ready to be VP of the United States and you just didn't know it.


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