IS SARAH PALIN QUALIFIED? A poll at PBS. It’s been running for over three weeks and it’s an even split.
UPDATE: Fred Thompson casts his vote. “Governor Palinâ€™s every comment was scrutinized by the media and judged against what Jefferson or Lincoln might have said. Never mind that her counterpart, the 30-year-Washington-veteran Joe Biden, apparently is unaware that America relies upon coal for a lot of its electricity or that he recently referred to a top level U.S. officialâ€™s visit to Iran that never happened. Thatâ€™s just Joe being Joe â€“ protected by the sheer number of his gaffes and the fact that he is Barack Obamaâ€™s running mate.”
ANOTHER UPDATE: Re-debunking the rape kit smear.
Heck, even Slate has shot that down.
MORE: Reader Peter Sterne emails:
Democrats are questioning whether Sarah Palin is qualified to be Vice President while Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker-In-Tongues-of-the-House is two heartbeats (and one with issues) away from the Presidency. Nancy Pelosi is proving herself completely unqualified to lead anything. I wouldnâ€™t trust her to lead a troop of Girl Scouts. At a time when she should have been, umm, actually, leading the House (BTW, that means the entire House â€¦ both aisles), she morphed into House Majority Leader Pelosi, made a vicious partisan attack on Republicans, and derailed the $700B bail out.
Iâ€™ll leave the parsing of her motivations to more connected observers, but I suspect it was based on partisan calculus, since the only leadership Pelosi has ever shown is in her capacity to attack the opposition.