Friday, September 03, 2010

Sarah Palin on Thatcher

I try hard not to pay attention to Sarah Palin. She’s a painful embarrassment. She is the right age to have been politically aware during Margaret Thatcher’s administration. In fact, it would have been during Palin’s college years. How is it possible that she did not know who Thatcher was?

Early in the 2008 campaign, when John McCain's aides discovered that Alaska-size gaps existed in Palin's general knowledge (among those previously unreported: she had no idea who Margaret Thatcher was), they from time to time would give her some books to read in hopes of improving the candidate's learning curve. On one such occasion, Palin accepted the books, set them aside, and for the next 25 minutes was held rapt by one of her three BlackBerrys.

Eventually, an aide asked, "What are you working on?"

"I'm reading these great e-mails," she said, "from the prayer warriors."

Whoever was on the selection committee for Palin’s run as Vice-President should be forever banned from politics.

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