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Defending Palin's Foreign Policy Experience


John McCain struggles to come up with a good way to make Palin seem more palatable…

In a joint appearance, the Republican presidential candidate said defensively: “She has been commander in chief of the Alaska National Guard. Fact. On September 11 a contingent of the guard deployed to Iraq and her son was one of them so I think she understands national security challenges.”

Mr McCain asserted that as governor of an oil-producing state Mrs Palin had “obvious knowledge of the energy security issue”, which was of vital concern to the US.

Listen, the national guard thing is thin and they should really stop talking about it. But then again, it might be all she has. Because to claim that she’s ready to deal with the complicated challenges of the global chess game we find ourselves in just because she’s a mother of soldier is laughable at best. Especially given how the decisions of anti-war mothers have been characterized in the past 5 years. And then there’s the “Alaska is near Russia” talking point, and we’ve all seen how far that’s gotten.

So as far as actual foreign policy leadership and judgement, I think Chuck Hagel will echo the swing voters…

“She doesn’t have any foreign policy credentials. You get a passport for the first time in your life last year? I mean, I don’t know what you can say. You can’t say anything.”

However, I will say that the way that McCain himself has talked about Palin’s knowledge on energy, I’m hoping we get an incredibly substantive speech from her soon on why the McCain/Palin energy policy is the one to go with. Because if Palin is as much of a political superstar as the right claims, she should be able to run circles around anybody in this campaign when it comes to the energy independence issue, right?

More as it develops…