Those who read this blog know that I’m a strong supporter of the Governor of Alaska. Aware of her accomplishments, standing up–and defeating–many of the corrupt politicians in the Last Frontier, all of them male,* I know Sarah Palin is capable of the Herculean task of cleaning the Augean stables iof our nation’s capital, made ever more squalid by the “stimulus.”
That said, given her relative youth (she’s just 45) and her limited knowledge of national issues, I believeshe should wait to run for president. Moreover, the more experience she has as chief executive of the nation’s (geographically) largest state, the more she will demonstrate her leadership capacity. And she’ll have more time to become well-versed on issues of which she demonstrated only a cursory understanding in the 2008 campaign.
Unlike Barack Obama in 2008, there’s no fierce urgency for Sarah Palin to run for president in the election immediately following her “debut” on the national stage. Obama had to run last year when the memory of his 2004 Democratic National Convention speech was still fresh. The more time passed since that speech, the more manifest would his absence of accomplishments become.
Palin had already made significant accomplishments when John McCain tapped her last August as his running mate. Indeed, it was those accomplishments which drew her to his attention.
She only need continue to govern in the manner she has governed. If her record is any guide, her accomplishments will increase with her time in office.
To secure her place on the national stage, she need supplement her leadership by doing what she began in the campaign, familiarizing herself with national issues. She has shown herself to be a quick study. The more time she devotes to these issues, the better prepared she will be handle aggressive media interviews and so convince more Americans of her readiness to lead.