Thursday, September 4, 2008

Palin Aparently Learned Foreign Policy Via Osmosis

I kid you not.

From the CBS News article by Steve Benen:

"It started like a harmless joke, didn't it? Sarah Palin is from Alaska, Alaska is near Russia, and since Republican rhetoric has become breathtakingly ridiculous lately, some of us joked that Republicans might think the proximity between the state and the country counts as foreign policy experience. It was meant as satire. No one really expected Republicans to make the argument.

For those keeping score at home, the first person to make this argument was Fox News' Steve Doocy, who said, with a straight face, that Palin does know about international relations because she is right up there in Alaska right next door to Russia."

John McCain, then, is fifth. Remember, when Doocy first made the argument, it was so laughable on its face that Jon Stewart called him a "moron." Now, the Republican nominee for president is making the same pitch, hoping people are just stupid enough to believe it.

Palin has never been to Russia. She's never demonstrated any expertise on U.S. policy towards Russia. She doesn't have any background in international relations at any level. But for Republicans, the fact that she's lived in a state near Russia is somehow a qualification for national office."

UPDATE: Here is a CBS article fact checking Palin's RNC speech. And another here that goes into even more detail. Needless to say, it's not pretty.

UPDATE: Then I found this letter from a women who has 16 years of intimate knowledge about Sarah Palin and her "experience" in politics.

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