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Zakaria Calls Palin ‘Utterly Unqualified’ for VP Post

Posted on Sep 29, 2008
Zakaria on Palin

Calling Sarah Palin’s recent interview with CBS anchor Katie Couric “the last straw,” Newsweek editor and columnist Fareed Zakaria tells Wolf Blitzer on Monday’s episode of “The Situation Room” that it’s not a matter of Palin not giving the right answer when faced with a complex question about the economy or foreign policy, “it’s that she clearly does not understand the question.”

Read the Zakaria’s column “Palin Is Ready? Please.”

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By Hemi*, October 3, 2008 at 7:40 am Link to this comment


Palin answered the magazine/newspaper question with “All of them!” That should have convinced everyone that she is a joke. My point is why be mesmerized by her when there’s more at stake and she’s not going to be a significant force and I believe her debate performance backs my premise. She crammed, memorized and delivered her learned lines despite the question at hand. Have you heard any Republican let alone a soccer mom call her on that? She didn’t fall on her face in their estimation but now McCain will have to speak for himself from here on. Yay!

She was a diversionary tactic by the Republicans. The Republican “base” is still transfixed by this shiny thing. But it ran its course and Zakaria can only be speaking to vapid soccer moms and as I pointed out they’re not listening. Check me on this but I think each Alaskan receives closer to $3000 per year from the state oil revenues.

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By JFoster2k, October 2, 2008 at 2:09 pm Link to this comment


What the hell are you on about? No one asked Palin to define a plan for stabilizing the economy or bringing peace to the middle east. They asked her what magazines she reads! And she froze!

Palin is a gimick. She won a popularity contest to become the Alaska Gov. The state coffers are full of oil money, so it didn’t really matter that she is completely vapid. Their state budget takes care of itself. Heck, every single resident gets $1200.00/year from the state oil revenues.

As a candidate for VP, she is in a whole new world… and the world is watching! Give her a break? No way! This woman could potentially be the leader of the free world! The Reps didn’t vet her, so the media will. If she is truly VP material she will survive the trial by fire and come out stronger. If not, it will be f’ing hilarious!

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By xyzaffair, October 2, 2008 at 7:21 am Link to this comment
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The VP debate will be “There you go again” all over again.  She seems to have that Reagan-like skill at making glib but stinging and effective barbs.

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By lionswimmer, October 1, 2008 at 11:33 am Link to this comment
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Thank you for your well-said comments!

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By andrushka, October 1, 2008 at 6:38 am Link to this comment

I do not agree with Hemi* when he says “ignore her”.  Unfortunately, she is all over the place and cannot be ignored. And Joe Biden, if that’s true, to go easy on her would be totally wrong. Palin thinks that she is knowledgeable and has vast experience in foreign affairs, just because she can look at Russia from her windows or whatever. Well then, let her please show what she has in her mind.  We (European) have had eight years of lies, wars that ultimately we are all going to pay for, given the ability of the US to spend money they do not have. Please for once, do elect someone who is capable, and maybe know where the rest of the world lays. Thank you!

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By cyrena, September 30, 2008 at 1:41 pm Link to this comment

I agree that the so-called press has been too kind to Palin, and should be persecuting McCain. But I wouldn’t call it a stupid decision on his part, or any of the GOP bastards that selected her. It’s really the epitome of cynicism, and that’s the bottom line. They’re making sure that they put another puppet in the Oval office, and one connected to the OIL outpost that is Alaska. And what they’re basically saying to all 300 plus million of us is that half or more of US are too stupid to figure it out and be insulted by it, and they don’t give a shit about the rest of us being insulted or otherwise outraged. They don’t care what the rest of the world thinks, and they’ve made THAT clear for 8 years. Palin will continue to do the bidding of Dick Cheney et al, and that mentality is quite clear. They’ll do whatever the hell they wanna do. That’s the way it’s been, and they’re letting us know that isn’t gonna change, unless we kick them out.

Now there’s a headline here on TD (from politico – and I don’t trust politico) claiming that Biden is gonna go easy on her in their debate. WHY? Now THAT would be STUPID!!

These thugs aren’t going ‘easy’ on US, as more and more of us are forced to the street on our needs and empty handed. Why in the world should he ‘go easy’ on her?

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By BobZ, September 30, 2008 at 12:30 pm Link to this comment


I agree with you. I meant to say we cannot as a country afford another four years of the last eight years, only now the stakes are even higher. The world is waiting for us to come to our senses and they are getting impatient.

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By hippy pam, September 30, 2008 at 12:17 pm Link to this comment

To Bobz-hey-where ya been???WE BEEN LOSING IT FOR THE LAST 8+ YEARS…Every “president” for the last little while has lied-cheated-etc..etc..etc..but it has been worse since “bullsh*t” took office…He Has Really SHOWN THE WORLD WHAT the words STUPID,CONNIVING AND EVIL REALLY MEAN.Add LYING…Add MURDERING…..And he has made US LOOK LIKE FOOLS..again and again….

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By RightWing, September 30, 2008 at 11:07 am Link to this comment

Fox News: When Hillary Clinton told a tall tale about “landing under sniper fire” in Bosnia, she was accused of “inflating her war experience” by rival Democrat Barack Obama’s campaign. But the campaign has been silent about Obama’s running mate, Joe Biden, telling his own questionable story about being “shot at” in Iraq. why are you not talking about this

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By BobZ, September 30, 2008 at 10:36 am Link to this comment

The press has actually been too kind to Palin. And they should be severely criticizing McCain for such a stupid decision in picking her based on pressure from the neoconservative wing of the party. Palin has been a disaster and it is time more thinking people called McCain out on this. She is not only an embarrassment as a political leader, she is an embarrassment to America, and has subjected this country to ridicule from abroad. No wonder the rest of the world is starting to lose faith in the United States. We are losing it.

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By Hemi*, September 30, 2008 at 9:16 am Link to this comment

Zakaria is doing what he does, selling magazines. The hard truth is that there is not one person, living or dead, that has/had the capability of understanding and working out our current issues of economy and foreign policy. Let’s refer to these issues for simplicity as the “Countrywide Clusterf*ck”. ‘Got a nice ring and “Clusterf*ck” is such a fun word. Don’t you think? I would love to hear Palin and all the candidates say “Clusterf*ck” just once, she would sound the best “don’t cha know”.

In recent days we’ve seen Bernanke and Paulson crash and burn. These financial whizzes allowed this to go on (Paulson had the balls to mention he saw this coming at one point in the early going.) and now don’t have a clue what to do other than shout “the sky is falling!” or suck Pelosi’s toes. So, at least give Palin a break on economics. McCain, Obama and Biden are not leading the way out of this either. Palin is simply the newest, weakest link in a huge rusting chain. People in these committees for decades don’t understand the f*cking problem, why should we think Zakaria knows who does or doesn’t? Yeah she’s weak, we’ve heard it, we’ve seen it, we get it, tell me who the f*ck involved knows what to do? That would be newsworthy. (I’m starting to sound like Lewis f*cking Black!) Things are so complex that there are no good choices, just not so bad ones. And we will not realize what level of badness we have settled on for years.

Bush is resigned to his fate as the bus driver during this crash. But he’s going to blame the bus and the passengers.  I don’t know if you saw him speak this morning regarding the bailout not passing. He was every bit the beaten man. He had the opportunity to instill a little calm by explaining that work was continuing and that we could expect the market to recover. Which it showed signs of this morning being up briefly over 200! The last thing I told my son when I left the house this morning was that the market would recover some today. Couldn’t you see that coming? It’s just a f*cking casino and some nervous high rollers cashed out Monday only to be drawn back to the only f*cking game in town on Tuesday. But Bush didn’t, he was all doom and gloom. Thanks a lot, we needed a f*cking press conference for that. Doesn’t this f*cking guy have some more brush to clear on his ranch? Didn’t the hurricane knock over a tree or two?

Bush could have taken the high road and taken some blame at this time. It would have only made him look vaguely intelligent and strong but that has never been his way. That would have taken the starch out of the congressional bickering and allowed a more amicable environment to get this thing done. Yes, his detractors would sh*t-hammer him on any admission but the groundswell of support from his own people would have equaled or surpassed that. You could just hear them “he threw himself on the sword for our country”. It would have been a win even if he didn’t mean it and choked on every word. Truth is he had nothing to lose and the country had much to gain. F*ck us again!

So we can rag on the under-educated Palin but we do the country a disservice when we do. Ignore her and move on. Her novelty will fade. We’re not going to convince anyone currently a Palin “fan” that she’s not qualified. These people are “fans” and not supporters and I think this will play out. The people that Zakaria is trying to convince are largely not capable of knowing the difference or of choosing to watch “The Situation Room” over “Deal Or No Deal”. Pardon my going down this road again but… “You can’t teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig!”

PS Maybe we should get the f*cking “banker” off of that show. He seems to know how to run a game.

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