Ever since several left-wing gay blogs linked some of our posts on Sarah Palin, our spam filter has been inundated with nasty comments, some repeating the tired tropes about how self-hating we must be, others making wild, inaccurate and mean-spirited allegations about the next Vice President of the United States.
That said, some bloggers and pundits have offered some thoughtful criticism of the Alaska Governor and questioned her qualifications for the second highest office in the land. In the interest of having a civil discussion on the benefits of John McCain’s choice, I thought I would share some with you.
Of the conservative web-sites I check regularly, the folks at Powerline have expressed the greatest amount of criticism of Sarah Palin. John Hinderaker fears “she may be the Geraldine Ferraro of 2008.” Given her lack of “foreign policy and national security background.” Paul Mirengoff is similarly disappointed.
My friend Dale Carpenter calls the pick a “breathtakingly bad choice,” believing Palin “was chosen primarily as a political stunt to drive wedges and manufacture excitement.” He offers a more extended analysis of her weaknesses. While I don’t agree with Dale, he makes some pretty solid points, so make sure to check out his post — and, if you have time, the comments section which follows. (H/t Instapundit.)
I’ll make my case to Dale when we have dinner next Monday in Minnesota. 🙂
Of those who blog National Review, David Frum offered the harshest assessment of Palin, wondering whether she was the irresponsible choice. Ramesh Ponnuru has been similarly skeptical, throwing cold water on Palin.
On the whole, these guys do offer some strong arguments. If you’re looking for serious criticism of Sarah Palin, follow those links and consider their points. It’s too bad that some of those faulting her in the comments section of this blog are not similarly thoughtful.
UPDATE: Amy Alkon is not happy with the pick, offering “in a V.P. candidate, if we had a female, I was looking for something a little more…barren. Battle-ax-ish. Thatcheresque.” Now read the whole thing, bearing in mind they don’t call her Sarah Barracuda for nothing.