Conservative columnist Kathleen Parker has been quite vocal recently about her growing distaste for Sarah Palin. She claims that while Palin has an encouraging story and some executive experience, she is "clearly out of her league".
"Out of her league?" Barack Obama has spent the majority of his time in the senate campaigning for President. Despite his single mindedness, Obama has rarely communicated a coherent or concrete policy during this time, especially when found without a teleprompter (this video is highly recommended). Joe Biden has also run for president, and is one to continually put his foot in his mouth along the way as Parker readily admits . So then, what exactly comprises this "league" that Palin is out of? A common theme within said league seems to be policy confusion, power gluttony, and rhetorical posturing with technically correct but practically bankrupt language. What is missing is a degree of consistency, character and practical common sense. In that case, to be "in the league" is not necessarily a good thing.
Palin has largely remained consistent on her own positions, which is a good explanation for her few moments of contradicting McCain (they are different people, after all). Obama and Biden flip flop on their issues with unrivaled frequency. Their degree of free-form waffling does not show a calculated change of position stemming from better information, but rather reveals a lack of any solid stance in the first place. Moreover, as per the teachings of Saul Alinsky and Antonio Gramsci- political monsters who Obama tends to emulate- lying about anything, even voting records, is acceptable if it is for the greater common good (whatever one deems that to be).
Parker also implies that the economic crisis has shown Palin to be a liability. This seems to be a slight overreaction to Palin's (as well as the majority of Washington's) apparent uncertainty. To be careful, even overly so, in stating one's position on such an extraordinarily complex situation is far better than being ill-informed and hasty! Further, Let us not make the mistake of believing that Obama and Biden somehow understand how the economy functions. Obama's plan to heavily tax the rich and give to the poor(er) will cause the rich, who are typically the suppliers of jobs, to lose so much money that they have to lay off multitudes of the supposedly protected middle class. Biden emphatically supports this. Obama's plan is only founded upon economic ignorance; it is a literal recipe for disaster.
I am uncertain what Parker's goal is in shining the spotlight on Palin's mistakes. Palin is not perfect, but what is Parker's proposed alternative? Is oratory everything? Does policy not make a difference? Does she realize that many conservative readers may flirt with abandoning the McCain/Palin ticket as a result of her unqualified criticism? Palin may have had some media-neophyte problems, such as being awkwardly cautious in her responses so as to avoid making a recorded mistake, but at least she does not seem to carry a dramatically elevated view of herself, and does not appear to compromise her own solidly grounded positions on a whim. Thus I say to Parker, let's certainly be honest about the candidates. But we should not seek honesty without the aid of common sense, for then we become strategically reckless.