Don Shiesl, appointed by Sarah Palin to run Wasillaâ€™s public works department in 1998, has praise for Palin. Unfortunately for Palin, it is the kind of praise that gives one pause.
â€œSheâ€™s a quick study. Sheâ€™s a heck of a public speaker and she works her magic on people. Give her four years, with some training, and sheâ€™ll be up to snuff. Sheâ€™s not dumb, sheâ€™ll be able to catch on to stuff real quick,â€ Shiesl said in a Washington Post interview.
Give her four years?
Just what is the country supposed to do if McCain dies in his first term? The Vice-Presidency is not meant to be an apprenticeship or on the job training. Putin, Ahmadinejad, or the financial crises are not going to wait around four years until Palin is â€œup to snuff.â€
A few other of Palinâ€™s Wasilla associates hold even less enthusiastic praise.
â€œI was happy in a way, because it is a new beginning for the country, but also I am very worried due to her lack of experience,â€ said Darlene Langill, who served on the city council when Palin was in office.
â€œMy sense is that this opportunity maybe came along before she was ready for it or thought it would come along,â€ said Duane Dvorak, the city planner when Palin took office.
Maybe that time as Wasilla mayorÂ was not the proper training for the Vice-Presidency.Â Palin had this to say about herÂ old job, â€œItâ€™s not rocket science.Â Itâ€™s $6 million and 53 employees.â€
Yes, but four years and she will be up to snuff.