Noted and respected Republican Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska offered some interesting tidbits on Sarah Palin recently. In an interview Hagel did with the Omaha World-Herald, Hagel responded to a question about Palin’s “readiness” to step into the Oval Office by saying, “I do think in a world that is so complicated, so interconnected and so combustible, you really got to have some people in charge that have some sense of the bigger scope of the world…I think that’s just a requirement.”
When the reporter prodded further, Hagel added, “I think it’s a stretch to, in any way, to say that she’s got the experience to be president of the United States.”
Hagel saved his sharpest and most poignant criticism of Palin for her claim that she’s got foreign policy experience simply because she can see Russia from an island in Alaska. “I think they ought to just be honest about it and stop the nonsense about, ‘I look out my window and I see Russia and so therefore I know something about Russia,'” he said.
Hagel quipped, “That kind of thing is insulting to the American people.”
Precisely. Thank you, Mr. Hagel.
But Hagel wasn’t done sharing his mind on the “enchanted Sarah Palin.” He concluded his honest, heart-felt, verbal lashing of Palin with, “[she]doesn’t have any foreign policy credentials. You get a passport for the first time in your life last year? I mean, I don’t know what you can say. You can’t say anything.”
Precisely. And you’ve just said it all, Mr. Hagel.
Like Hagel, I find it hard to believe that there are people buying into the absolutely ludicrous notion that Palin is qualified. This is the same kind of tact that George W. Bush employed. He governs a state that borders Mexico so therefore he has extensive foreign policy experience.
As well, Bush had never traveled abroad before becoming President.
And we’ve all seen how well those two “qualifications” turned out.
On a personal note, I’d like to say to Senator Hagel, “Thank you, sir, and enjoy your hard-earned retirement.”