One of the perils of blogging is that occasionally you have to start by stating the blindingly obvious. Thus, the title of this post, which I am going to repeat.
Sarah Palin is a blithering idiot.
I don't quite mean that literally - she obviously has to be somewhat intelligent to get to where she is.
But she is a blithering idiot in very much the same way that George W. Bush is. She believes that she is absolutely right, and does not question that belief. She believes that she is qualified to be President of the United States of America, and does not question that.
What she does not seem to realize is that she is starting to make an absolute fool of herself. This is a slice of the interview that she had with Charlie Gibson of ABC News:
I only managed to watch about the first 10 seconds before I had to pause it and walk away, because it was just too painful. Her ignorance is breathtaking. What is even more astonishing is that she apparently thinks she can talk her way around being completely ignorant of the Bush Doctrine, and somehow get away with it.
She demonstrates two kinds of incompetence with just a few words: first, she's clueless about foreign policy if she isn't familiar with the doctrine formulated by the current occupant of the White House. And it's not that she's unfamiliar with the details - she's clearly never even heard of the Bush Doctrine. It almost makes me wish Gibson had asked her to compare the Bush Doctrine with the Powell Doctrine, but that would have been, I'm sure, even more painful.
Second, she's incompetent at trying to hide the fact that she's never heard of the Bush Doctrine. It's not that this is a concept that she's heard of, but can't quite remember the details. That might have even been understandable. She's never even heard of it.
Dear God, she's doing the impossible: she's making George W. Bush look enlightened and sophisticated. At least he sat in on meetings about foreign policy! Never thot we would see the bar lowered below the standard that Bush set.