Sarah Palin: What almost happened was no game
There’s a very thin line in picking winners at the horse races and on political election days, and the Americans must be eternally grateful Sarah Palin never did become that heartbeat away from the world’s top job.
Well some Americans, anyway.
Since Barack Obama was handed the keys to the White House, red neck America has been in full flight – not only is the President a Democrat, he’s a black Democrat. Let’s have a Tea Party, um, party, and see what we can do, cried the masses.
And guess who has come to dinner? John McCain’s running mate, the former Governor of Alaska, so derided by not only mainstream America is the 2008 run up, but also by such luminaries as Dick Cheney (she’ll last two weeks) and George Bush, who had never heard of the Republican Governor of Alaska!
A new book by two of the United States’ most respected journalists have shed old light on Palin. And any of her countrymen and women ,who are mistakenly getting out the pedestal she once climbed, should read Game Change before she’s allowed on it ever again.
John Heilemann (New York Magazine) and Mark Halperin (Time) covered the 2008 Obama and Clinton and McCain and Palin stoush and seem to have interviewed everyone who was involved.
A would-be US President who couldn’t explain why North and South Korea are separate countries and when asked by Katie Couric if she agreed with the “Bush Doctrine” asked “in what respect?” , doesn’t seem to be too well suited for the job.
And when Ms Palin was being briefed by team McCain, her pronunciation of “nuclear” came out as “nuke-u-lar” (well George. W Bush shared that with her so it could be a Republican thing).
The foreign briefings unearthed so many deficiencies that the policy guys needed to start from the beginning to get her up to speed – the Spanish Civil War, WW1, WW 2, the cold war, and the global war on terror.
Funny people the Republicans – when names before Palin’s were canvassed for the number two job, they were rejected on extraordinary grounds.
Mike Bloomberg was divorced, was pro-choice, pro-gay, anti-gun and is a Jew!
Rudy Giuliani twice divorced and was living with a gay couple while ho sorted out accommodation.
Joe Lieberman – Mc Cain’s closest mate had two things against him; he’s a Democrat and Jew.
So it was Palin and the rest is history.
The Tea Party?
It’s really time to pack away all those cups and saucers and eat up the scones and cream and read Game Change, before it’s too late.
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