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Leonard Doyle writes on our blog:

An incendiary poll by the Wall Street Journal/NBC News reveals that nearly half of voters do not believe Sarah Palin would be up to the job of being president. Because voters are concerned with McCain's age (72), there is now a combustible combination in the minds of many voters, especially the independents who were tempted to vote for the Republican ticket.

Asked, “Do you feel that Sarah Palin is qualified to be president if the need arises, or is she not qualified to be president?”, 49% of all respondents said the Alaska governor is not qualified while 40% said she is.

If elected, McCain will be the oldest president ever sworn in to a first-term. McCain himself says voters need to have confidence that his running mate will be ready for the Oval Office. Apparently they don't.

But, by a whopping 64% margin, voters said they trusted Joe Biden’s ability to be commander-in-chief if the need should arise. Only 21% said he is not up to it. Among Democrats; 81% said Biden is ready. Some 15% of Republicans say Palin is not ready. Only 9% of Obama-leaning Democrats say they would consider Palin.

Check www.wsj.com for details of the poll.

Question: Do you think Sarah Palin is ready to be president? And does that make McCain's age an issue?

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ripizzo wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 12:12 pm (UTC)
A Great Team
I think Sarah Palin balances McCain's ticket well. Saying that McCain's age should keep him out of office is a cop out. Many of our past presidents have been up there in age. Sarah Palin gives me a feeling of security and I have faith that she would be a great president if anything did happen to John McCain.
absurdhero wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 02:11 pm (UTC)
Re: A Great Team
I don't think it should keep him out of office. But as the oldest president ever elected, he would have a much higher likelihood of dying there. This makes the choice of Sarah Palin, a dangerously uninformed, newly crowned small state (population-wise) governor with more extremist right-wing views than we've seen in some time, a much more important factor. Electing McCain is now officially too risky.
Re: A Great Team - mikkisadil - Sep. 26th, 2008 02:57 pm (UTC) Expand
Re: A Great Team - mechers - Sep. 26th, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC) Expand
Re: A Great Team - psycho_freak77 - Sep. 26th, 2008 09:24 pm (UTC) Expand
Re: A Great Team - mechers - Sep. 26th, 2008 11:24 pm (UTC) Expand
Re: A Great Team - ripizzo - Sep. 28th, 2008 06:44 pm (UTC) Expand
the_paulr wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 12:30 pm (UTC)
I do not believe Sarah Palin would be ready to take over if John McCain were to be elected and unable to perform as President. Watching her try to answer simple questions in interviews is painful. If she doesn't have a scripted answer she has no idea what to say. It's clear that she doesn't have enough experience with national issues to have an informed opinion.
ubiquitous_a wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 01:39 pm (UTC)
I couldn't agree more. If she can't handle softball questions served up by Charlie Gibson and Katie Couric, for God's sake, I don't see how she should be within 100 miles of the Oval Office.
sin_agua wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 12:34 pm (UTC)
I think Sarah Palin is the most frightening candidate for any office to come along in awhile. She exhibits even more ignorance-driven hubris than our current president, and that is truly frightening. I think McCain's age and health is certainly an issue, especially since he's kept his medical records private. I have no faith in Sarah Palin's ability to govern, and feel it is incredibly reckless for McCain to have chosen her. Sarah McCain could not lead us out of a ditch - her motto is always "If you find yourself in a hole, keep diggin'!" I am insulted - as an American voter and as a woman - that she is even on the ticket.
wtf wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 04:58 pm (UTC)
I completely agree. Palin is the first candidate I've ever seen that truly scares me. I cannot imagine a less qualified person. Heck, my own governor (Rod Blagojevich of IL) is performing dismally, and he's still more qualified than Palin.

The thing that insults me the most, as a woman, is that we've seen the two extremes of female stereotypes in this race. On the one hand, there was Hillary Clinton, painted as mannish, hard, ambitious, and bitchy. On the other hand, we have Palin, painted as the beauty queen and mommy who sort of likes politics, tee-hee. It's disgusting.
sajego wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 12:42 pm (UTC)
Everything you ever wanted to know about Sarah Palin
I've been reading this blog since the beginning of September. It is liberal leaning, but the author is an Alaskan and I figure they are the only ones who know Palin already.

This is the first time I've really been interested in a political campaign enough to follow all the news. It's such a circus!

Edited at 2008-09-26 12:43 pm (UTC)
cidercupcakes wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 01:01 pm (UTC)
Sarah Palin is utterly unprepared to be President. And yes, it definitely makes McCain's age an issue -- a terrifying one.
lurkitty wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 01:11 pm (UTC)
Gov. Palin is in way over her head. It is telling that her own party has sequesters her from the press. If she can't even meet with the media, what would she do when representing the US in foreign countries in the capacity of VP?

That the Republicans would push such a poorly qualified candidate as the best woman for the job is insulting and frightening. It speaks to what they think of women as a whole: fragile flowers to be trotted out as window dressing.

McCain's age issue is apparent in the frequent days off he takes from campaigning. If he's not up to the rigors of the campaign trail, how can we expect him to be up to being president? My Dad died of skin cancer over the course of seven years. McCain's already been fighting the disease for at least four years. If Palin had campaigned for President with the rest of the pack last year, she'd have been laughed off the stage.

One last thing. She keeps saying she has foreign policy experience because she can see Russia from Alaska. Tell me, has she ever been to Russia? Seems to me that if it were of such great importance to Alaska to have good relations with Russia, she might have gone to talk with them. But she'd rather go to war than talk to them. Sounds familiar...
lilpnkspyder wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 05:40 pm (UTC)
"That the Republicans would push such a poorly qualified candidate as the best woman for the job is insulting and frightening. It speaks to what they think of women as a whole: fragile flowers to be trotted out as window dressing."

Sarah Palin is certainly not a fragile flower, but I do agree that the GOP's transparent attempts to pretend how progessive they are about women in office are completely disgusting. This is the same schtick they tried to pull back when Harriet Miers was nominated for the Supreme Court.
(no subject) - lurkitty - Sep. 26th, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC) Expand
tyskkvinna wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 01:19 pm (UTC)
I don't think it "makes" McCain's age an issue - I think it should have been an issue from the beginning. When somebody is old enough to qualify for social security retirement, I do think they need to prove to us why they are going to be (physically) capable of the job. If he can prove that he is in good, stable health and there are no signs to indicate his age would be an impact on his health, then we should accept that information and move past it. His unwillingness to share proof of this, however, makes me uncertain.

Palin - is a recipe for disaster, and that's all I really have to say.
yvonnetheres wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 01:20 pm (UTC)
Who is Sarah Palin?
Sarah Palin says she's prepared to deal with Russia because she can see it from Alaska. If you can see a school from your backyard, are you qualified to be a superintendent? If your total resume is local weather girl, 4 years on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with less than 7,000 people (during which time women who were raped had to pay for their rape kits), 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000 people, are you qualified to be the Vice President? Her staunch far right positions are scary, from banning books to advocating abstinence only with no other option in sex education in her state's school system. And then her unwed teen daughter ends up pregnant. No rooster manning that henhouse. Is she ready to lead the country?
ubiquitous_a wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 01:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Who is Sarah Palin?
IAWTC.
Re: Who is Sarah Palin? - nazukeru - Sep. 26th, 2008 01:57 pm (UTC) Expand
Re: Who is Sarah Palin? - teekoness - Sep. 26th, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC) Expand
marysiak wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 02:11 pm (UTC)
I think a woman who lets herself be prayed over by a guy who thinks the biggest danger to America is witchcraft should not be allowed to govern Alaska never mind the whole of the US.

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=jl4HIc-yfgM
princekermit wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 10:59 pm (UTC)
Seriously. I mean, most of the witches I know can barely organize a ritual, let alone a revolution. ;-)
rgaray wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 02:19 pm (UTC)
McCain cannot truly believe in "Country First". If he did, he would not have selected Sarah Palin. Seems more like "Campaign First". As someone stated in the comments above, a reckless decision already. Obama is the better choice for many reasons.
mikkisadil wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 02:45 pm (UTC)
Palin as President
How can anyone believe that Sarah Palin is fit to be Vice-President, much less president if the need should occur? She believes that she "knows" about foreign policy because "she can see Russia from Alaska." Does that make any sense to anyone? Doesn't that just show her stupidity and ignorance? This country is in so much trouble now that it is unbelievable. America has Got to wake up and realize that an old man and a politically naive and ignorant woman CAN NOT run the United States of America.
dansanwa wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC)
I don't understand how she has even gotten this far.
Is our country really this dense? 40% think she is READY? Seriously? I guess those right-wing Christians don't care about policies, experience, and the ability to lead. I guess they don't want someone who can help solve our economic problems, someone who can come to intelligent conclusions about and with other nations, someone who doesn't consider war an option unless all other options are exhausted, or someone worthy of such a powerful position as VP, or President. As long as they can get someone who shares their ridiculous, right-wing religious beliefs, they'll settle.

Has anyone noticed that the supporters of Palin are waging an entirely emotional campaign war? Anytime someone supports her, it's because she's a "wonderful mother," or because she has "the Lord in her heart."

Frankly, I want candidates who have a brain. I want knowledgeable, sincere, understanding, considerate, able people in the White House. Not Sarah Palin.
ttnette38 wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
Christian response to Palin
For the most part, I agree with your post. There are many a Christian who are waging an emotional campaign about what a great mother she is. As a Christian, myself, I am saddened to see that people seem to be forgetting that we need leadership. It is making Christians look like a bunch of morons who would elect someone simply because she is 'nice'. When it comes to terrorism, I want someone who is going to kick some tail and take some names. I am just praying that Christians will spend their time praying for guidance then make a reasoned choice. Since when does a good sob story get one in the White House?

just my two cents.....
Re: Christian response to Palin - ripizzo - Sep. 26th, 2008 05:36 pm (UTC) Expand
Re: Christian response to Palin - the_paulr - Sep. 26th, 2008 06:14 pm (UTC) Expand
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narvick wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 02:56 pm (UTC)
The Perils of Palin
Sarah Palin and her Bridge to Nowhere -with a mind to match!
Tom Nass
5th Marine Division - WWII
pennyann wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC)
No, I absolutely do not think that Sarah Palin is ready to be President. I don't think she's ready to be Vice President either. She is the high school cheerleader running for student body president. John McCain and his campaign advisers would never have picked a man with her qualifications (or lack of them). They would have laughed at anyone who suggested such a VP pick. But... wait a minute. This is a "dynamic" woman who leans way to the right and looks pretty good in photos...

I would argue those are her only qualifications, and while McCain obviously thought they were enough, I do not. There are a lot of posts above mine that speak to other concrete reasons why she is not ready, but the bottom line is that she just isn't. She just got a passport for crying out loud, and she's gonna be a foreign policy guru? Heh, I don't think so.

I think McCain's age has always been an issue, and while his choice of Sarah Palin does not make it more of an issue necessarily, it really just didn't do him any favors... gone are the thoughts of, "Well, yes he is older and seems to want to keep his health a secret... but at least he has good back-up...". So really, instead of his choice of Sarah Palin making his age an issue, it really just fails to make it a non-issue.
ttnette38 wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC)
well said
This was an outstanding post! You should be a moderator at one of these debates. Insightful. There is absolutely zero chance that a man would have been chosen with these qualifications.
Re: well said - pennyann - Sep. 27th, 2008 05:27 am (UTC) Expand
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princess2000204 wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 03:10 pm (UTC)
Do you think Sarah Palin is ready to be president?

No I do not! I feel that Palin thinks she has done 'such a good job' that she thinks she can do the samething with the rest of the country. Once put in office, she'll be a fish out of water.

And does that make McCaib's age an issue?

He's too old! I don't think he'll be able to correctly determine the issues of the country from a wide range of perspectives accurately. Bush in office should be a very valid example, even though Bush is quite a bit younger.

Obama is a lot younger and will be able to see the issues from a wide range of perspectives a lot more clearly. I feel we need someone young in office who will be able to give our country a renewed sense of youth that's we've seemed to lost with having to deal so much stress that has been introduced into our lives.
grazie wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 07:28 pm (UTC)
Excuse me, what?

If we need Obama in office just because he's "younger", doesn't that negate your entire argument that Palin is not ready, just because she lacks experience? I'm sorry, but no.

We don't need someone that is younger because younger does not automatically guarantee these qualities you assume it does. "See issues from a wide range of perspectives" or, even more ridiculously "give our country a renewed sense of youth"?

Obama will have the same perspective as past presidents, and it will be his advisers and mindset that make his agenda-- besides which it is not his job to make the policy as president.

And giving our nation a renewed sense of youth is arguably one of the last things anyone should be looking at in a presidential candidate, especially considering such the negative reaction Sarah Palin is getting here.
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