I don’t watch TV much, but yesterday I had the chance to see the two candidates I backed for Vice President and President respectively on national television.
While I often call Greta Van Susteren, Greta so Insufferable, I’ve got to give her credit for how she handled her interview the Alaska Governor, conducting the better part of it in that great woman’s kitchen, really humanizing the Republican.Â Had more people seen Palin in this light, the Democrats and their allies in the MSM would have found it more difficult to bring her down.
I had no doubt watching Palin that she has a future on the national stage.Â She stands a better chance than any political figure in America today of becoming our first woman president.Â Once she masters the details of national policy, she’s going to cause anyone whoever doubted her to reconsider the hasty judgment they made about her qualifications.
She may not now know the details, but she has shown the capacity for judgment, a quality more important to leadership than an encyclopedic knowledge of the federal government.
Later, last night, I saw John McCain on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.Â McCain was funny, self-deprecatory, classy.Â It took a lot of guts to go before a national audience — and with such grace — so soon after his defeat last week.Â Few men could have handled it as well as he did.Â Unlike so many politicians this cycle, indeed, politicians in general, McCain has the ability to laugh at himself.
I wish we had seen more of this John McCain on the campaign trail, wish more people had seen him (and his rival) at the Al Smith dinner in New York.Â Had they so seen him, they might have more readily have recognized his leadership abilities.
Speaking of that rival, I noted that Leno made no jokes at the expense of the president-elect, focusing more on the defeated Republican vice presidential candidate than the successful Democratic one.
Barack Obama has won election as president.Â One of the things which makes our country great is that we can mock our leaders.Â It’s time our comics recognize that in making jokes at the expense of a leader, they honor our freedom as they remind those in high offices of their humanity.Â Something they need if they are to govern effectively.