Sarah Palin: Is she ready to lead?
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Unavoidable gaffes. That's the prediction of The Atlantic's James Fallows. He says, unlike Obama running mate Joe Biden who has been in the Senate for 35 years, she's got zero ramp-up time. Could she be such a perfect fit for the job that she'll come away in the next two and half months unscathed? Fallows says no way.
"The smartest person in the world could not prepare quickly enough to know the pitfalls, and to sound confident while doing so, on all the issues she will be forced to address," he writes. "This is long before she gets to a debate with Biden; it's what the press is going to start out looking for."
"You just don't know her," say the fans of Palin. People always underestimated her and she's always risen to the challenge they say. In fact, the Anchorage Daily News called her "The Joan of Arc of Alaska Politics" this morning - which is a good thing...until the ending.
Palin marched, "into battle against long odds on such big local issues as oil taxes and construction of a natural gas pipeline only to see her opposition crumble," writes Tom Kizzia. "Days after her 2006 primary victory, an FBI investigation into political corruption involving the oil industry and Republican legislators burst into view with surprise raids of legislative offices. Criminal indictments and convictions followed, often just in time for the headlines to help her win another contest in Juneau."
Monitor colleague Yereth Rosen reported back in 2006 that the "lightweight" charge is nothing new to Palin.
Do Alaskans feel she's up to the challenge? Like everything else, it depends on who you ask.
He underestimated her. That's what one former state legislator who lost to her in the 2006 gubernatorial Republican primary told the Anchorage Daily News.
"I think there will probably be a tendency for the Democrats to do the same thing," John Binkley said. "They will assume that her lack of experience on the national stage will put her at a disadvantage, and I'm not certain that will matter."
But State Senate President Lyda Green disagreed stating, "Look at what she's done to this state. What would she do to the nation?"
Is she or isn't she? With the media glare shining straight at her, we'll all have an opinion soon.