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Sarah Palin: It Would Be Irresponsible for Me To Consider Whether I Am Ready to Be President

We’ve had eight years of mess after mess created by a president who was so filled with hubris that he never considered whether he might be wrong. Trust Vladimir Putin? Oh, sure! Bush just followed his gut and never questioned it. Appoint a man whose entire executive experience is running Arabian horse shows to head emergency response for the entire federal government? Oh, sure! Just one look was all it took for Bush to sense that Brownie was doing a heckuva job. And then there was the unnecessary and factually unfounded decision to commit the nation to war against Iraq. As he prepared to inform the country of his decision on national TV, right after the makeup lady was done with him, George W. Bush pumped his fist and exclaimed, “I feel good!” No self-reflection. No reconsideration. No second-guessing. In Bush’s world, anything less than supreme hubristic self-assuredness would be weak and misleaderish.

We are at a decision point as a nation. Do we follow the last eight years of Bush leadership with four more? Or do we take a different approach?

With this question occupying my mind, my eyes popped to see the following exchange between Charles Gibson and Sarah Palin, the person who would be President in the actuarially likely event of John McCain’s incapacitation or death:

Charles Gibson: Can you look the country in the eye and say, “I have the experience and I have the ability to be not just Vice President but perhaps President of the United States of America”?

Sarah Palin: I do, Charlie, and on January 20 when John McCain and I are sworn in if we are so privileged to be elected to serve this country, will be ready. I’m ready.

Charles Gibson: And you didn’t say to yourself, “Am I experienced enough? Am I ready? Do I know enough about international affairs? Do I, will I feel comfortable on the national stage to do this?”

Sarah Palin: I didn’t hesitate. No, I…

Charles Gibson: Doesn’t that take some hubris?

Sarah Palin: I answered him “Yes” because I have the confidence in that readiness, and knowing that you can’t blink. You have to be wired in a way of being so committed to the mission, the mission that we’re on, reform of this country and victory in the war, you can’t blink. So I didn’t blink then, even, when asked to run as his running mate.

There you have it. In leadership style, Sarah Palin is another George W. Bush. To Bush and to Palin, self-examination is a weakness. To Bush and to Palin, getting it right is less important than not blinking. To Bush and to Palin, being sure is less important than feeling sure.

Just look where that’s gotten us over the past eight years.

Do you really want another four years of that?

15 thoughts on “Sarah Palin: It Would Be Irresponsible for Me To Consider Whether I Am Ready to Be President”

  1. Jon says:

    You know this argument is getting old, I suppose if my grandmother were running against Obama or if anyone for that matter were running against Obama, they would just be another four years of Bush. Also McCain said when he looked in the eyes of Putin he saw KGB, wow this is surprising since McCain is just another four years of Bush.

  2. Jim says:

    Flustered, huh?

    If you’ve been paying any attention, you’ll know that I’m considering not voting for Barack Obama, and there are a lot of people who would not just be another four years of Bush if they were running for President.

    Hillary Clinton would not just be another four years of Bush.
    Chris Dodd would not just be another four years of Bush.
    Russell Feingold would not just be another four years of Bush.
    Ralph Nader would not just be another four years of Bush.
    Cynthia McKinney would be many things, but she would not just be another four years of Bush.

    I could go on.

    Sarah Palin represents the George W. Bush style of leadership that has proven to be so disastrous to our nation. Considering how likely it is that she would ascend to the presidency, I cannot in good conscience vote for the McCain-Palin ticket.

  3. Ted says:

    Sarah Palin Interview Grade A+ (for Sarah that is, not Charlie)

  4. Jon says:

    What I don’t under stand is that the issues labled as another four years of Bush by other Obama supporters tend to be conservative issues so one would be correct in saying in that instance that any conservative president would be another four years of Bush. If that be true way say it, think about really, it won’t draw conservative votes, it seems to me that it would unify the Republican party and draw in conservative independences.

  5. Jim says:

    If there are really enough people out there who agree with the disasters of the Bush administration, I can’t do anything about that, and I guess they will vote together and win the election for four more years of Bush politics and continue to tear the country apart. All I can do as a citizen is to express why I think Bush politics have been wrongheaded and destructive and to hope that people agree with me. Clearly you don’t, and I can’t make you change your mind if you don’t want to.

  6. Jon says:

    I respect your answer.

  7. prescott says:

    Jim, I would venture to say there are many Republicans who voted for Bush that now believe he is in over his head…including myself. However the constant cries that McCain and Palin are four more years of Bush is preposterous to say the least and redundant. You commented you were considering not voting for Obama and that Hillary Clinton would not be 4 more years of Bush but my interpretation of what you’re saying is that it doesn’t really matter who becomes President of the USA…as long as it’s not 4 more years of what you believe to be Bush. In my opinion, it is much more irresponsible as a citizen of the United States to vote for someone because they are polar opposites of the current President.

  8. X says:

    Preemptive military force, tax breaks for corporations, broken health care system, to name a few ARE things that Bush has done over the past 8 years. Any candidate advocating this policies will be four more years of Bush regardless of who or what party they come from. If you liked these policies by all means vote for the candidate that offers these, but don’t pretend that McCain’s policies are not the same (permanent tax breaks, bomb Iran, vote against SCHIP).
    Enough with the spin…

  9. Jon says:

    Good odservation P you are correct.

  10. Jim says:

    Well, you just put words in my mouth, Prescott. Obviously, they’re yours and not mine. So while it’s interesting that your straw man version of me is troubling to you, your straw man version of me is not the same as the actual me.

    The constant cries that McCain and Palin are four more years of Bush come from Palin’s endorsement of Bush standards of warfare and McCain’s 95% voting record for Bush policies in the Senate. It pains me that your ears are troubled by the repeated mention of this truth, but it would pain me more if Americans would not learn the lessons of the Bush years. If your ears hurt too much, you can always leave here, go to and watch the funny furry dancing fellas.

  11. Jon says:

    First it was 90% now it’s 95% what is the correct precentage. McCain word with Kennedy, Obama, and other liberal Senators through out his run in the Senate going against the Republican Party and Bush.

  12. Jim says:

    95% voting record with Bush in 2007, the most recent complete Congressional year — Congressional Quarterly Voting Study (unfortunately a subscription is required to access the data)

    It is not surprising that more than one number would be out there, since it is possible to consider more than one period of time for making evaluations.

  13. Jon says:

    2007 is the only year McCain was in the Senate, I have heard Obama, Clinton, and other liberals say it was 90%, is 95% the total time in Senate or is it just 2007.

  14. prescott says:

    None of us know the perfect answer to any hardships that come our way as individuals or as a country for that matter. Each challenge we face requires us to make the best decision we can at the time. Taking a risk that turns out to be a failure is bound to occur when you are making choices that have no definitive answers. No matter who becomes President, mistakes may be made. The victorius President will realize the mistake and quickly take action to correct it. I believe that will be McCain.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Gorram Jonny, way to defeat the argument… by simply ignoring it and focusing on details, 90% is still a heckuba lot to be claiming to be a maverick. Unless maverick means to vote with the establishment, then of course he is a Maverick. Thanks Jonny you help me figure it out, I just dodged a bullet there.

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