Train Wreck

I spent a lot of time yesterday reading about John McCain’s running mate, Sarah Palin: her Troopergate, her alleged membership in an Alaska secessionist party, her apparent confusion, just a few weeks ago, about what exactly a vice president does, her questions about banning books in a Wasilla library, her pregnant teenage daughter, etc. Who has time for issues like the continuing military occupation of Iraq or universal health care or the economy or the new cold war when you can get dragged into this kind of drama? It’s obvious she’s been selected more for her life story than for her meager domestic credentials. For God’s sake, her state has fewer people than Brooklyn. As for her foreign policy knowledge, I’d like to see someone ask her about the nuclear non-proliferation treaties or the difference between a Sunni and a Shia or where the Green Line falls or how she plans to handle relations with Pakistan.  But I won’t bet on it. I suspect we’ll keep hearing about the pregnant girl and the hockey player boyfriend instead.

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