Friday, August 29, 2008

Sarah Palin: geographic experience?

I haven't had a chance to blog about Obama's acceptance speech, but hope to do so. For now, tho, I am just having too much fun with the spectacularly stupid decision of John McCain to choose Sarah Palin as his running mate.

Her lack of foreign policy experience is naturally a big issue. But before we start asking basic questions like "How many countries has she visited?", I think it might be more appropriate to start asking basic questions like "How many STATES has she visited?" Forget whether or not she's been to some place exotic like France; I'd like to know whether or not she's been to New York. Or Chicago. Just what is her experience with the rest of the United States?

What if someone asks her "So, Governor, have you ever been to New York?" and she says no? There are many states that I have never been to, starting with Alaska. There are states that I may never get to. Imagine if her first trip to Minnesota is for the Republican Convention next week. Or suppose she's never been to New Orleans or Louisiana. How is she going to ask people in those states to vote for her?

That could be rather seriously embarrassing.

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