Among the many things that baffle me about the Republicans, are their anti-intellectualism and blatant disregard for the value of experience. Today, The New York Times said it well in this editorial:
"What made it so much worse is the strategy for which the Republicans have made Ms. Palin the frontwoman: win the White House not on ideas, but by denigrating experience, judgment and qualifications.
The idea that Americans want leaders who have none of those things — who are so blindly certain of what Ms. Palin calls “the mission” that they won’t even pause for reflection — shows a contempt for voters and raises frightening questions about how Mr. McCain and Ms. Palin plan to run this country."
"One of the many bizarre moments in the questioning by ABC News’s Charles Gibson was when Ms. Palin, the governor of Alaska, excused her lack of international experience by sneering that Americans don’t want “somebody’s big fat résumé maybe that shows decades and decades in that Washington establishment where, yes, they’ve had opportunities to meet heads of state.” (Hey, Gov. Palin, wouldn't that be John McCain????)
"But that is not what troubled us most about her remarks — and, remember, if they were scripted, that just means that they reflect Mr. McCain’s views all the more closely. Rather, it was the sense that thoughtfulness, knowledge and experience are handicaps for a president in a world populated by Al Qaeda terrorists, a rising China, epidemics of AIDS, poverty and fratricidal war in the developing world and deep economic distress at home."
If I were an American, I would want my leaders to be intelligent and reflected and educated! Where I come from, people shift party allegiances quite often, depending on how well a party is doing. Here, it seems that too many people turn a blind eye to the horrible presidency of GWB, and blindly believe the GOP propaganda. Sad. Sad. Sad.