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Fallows on the Toxic Traits of Palin/Bush

Here's a great post by James Fallows on why Gov. Palin's ignorance abou the Bush Doctrine could have dire consequences for this country. Highlights:

Sarah Palin did not know this issue, or any part of it. The view she actually expressed — an endorsement of "preemptive" action — was fine on its own merits. But it is not the stated doctrine of the Bush Administration, it is not the policy her running mate has endorsed, and it is not the concept under which her own son is going off to Iraq.

How could she not know this? For the same reason I don't know anything about European football/soccer standings, player trades, or intrigue. I am not interested enough. And she evidently has not been interested enough even to follow the news of foreign affairs during the Bush era.

A further point. The truly toxic combination of traits GW Bush brought to decision making was:

1) Ignorance
2) Lack of curiosity
3) "Decisiveness"

That is, he was not broadly informed to begin with (point 1). He did not seek out new information (#2); but he nonetheless prided himself (#3) on making broad, bold decisions quickly, and then sticking to them to show resoluteness.

We don't know for sure about #2 for Palin yet -- she could be a sponge-like absorber of information. But we know about #1 and we can guess, from her demeanor about #3. Most of all we know something about the person who put her in this untenable role.


Posted at 11:29 AM on Sat. Sep 13, 2008 in category Politics  
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Mister B wrote:

When I read this, I was reminded of (for me, anyway) a classic SNL sketch from late 1983 (I knew the time period once I found the transcript of the sketch) at this link:

http://snltranscripts.jt.or...

I'd like to say that "Tom LaPorte" was a Republican, but sometimes it seems as if the Dems are out of touch (with regards to history), as well.
Comment posted on Sat. Sep 13, 2008 at 09:27 PM

Mister B wrote:

...and just for kicks, this sketch reminded me of pretty much anytime when Bush was overseas hanging out with foreign dignitaries:

http://snltranscripts.jt.or...
Comment posted on Sat. Sep 13, 2008 at 09:30 PM

Mister B wrote:

..or rather, now that I read it again, I'm reminded of Bush at any multinational conference acting like a frat boy on vacation.
Comment posted on Sat. Sep 13, 2008 at 09:47 PM

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