Thursday, September 11, 2008

John McCain Thinks You're Stupid. Will You Prove Him Right?

When Steve Doocy of Fox News first suggested that Sarah Palin had foreign policy experience because, crikey, Alaska borders Russia, he was roundly ridiculed. Rightfully so. The notion is beyond risible - I mean, do the governors of states that border Canada or Mexico have foreign policy expertise by dint of that juxtaposition?

Nevertheless, Cindy McCain made the same laughable argument just days after Doocy's embarrassing gaffe. I thought, at the time, that someone had forgotten to get Cindy McCain back on message. Boy was I wrong. Days later, John McCain himself was pushing this farcical storyline. Then, to dispel any doubts, campaign surrogates continued making this bizarre assertion last week.

But they're not done yet. The McCain campaign is actually going to run on this. They're actually going to try to convince the American people that Alaska's proximity to Russia gives Palin foreign policy credentials. I wish this was a joke. Actually, it is a joke - but some people don't realize it's on them:

Asked what specific national security credentials Palin had, McCain cited her experience dealing with energy issues and went so far as to say she was the country's foremost expert in the field.

"She knows more about energy than probably anyone else in the United States of America," McCain said.

McCain also pointed out that Palin governed a state that neighbors Russia.

Added bonus insult to your intelligence: Palin knows more about energy issues than any other American? More than experts in the field? I mean, does she have a PHD? Masters? Has she written books? Papers? Conducted research? On the other hand, she does live in Alaska.

Wow. Just. Wow.

(h/t publius)

[UPDATE: This is madness. Sarah Palin herself perpetuating this transparent canard:

Pressed about what insights into recent Russian actions she gained by living in Alaska, Palin told Gibson, "They're our next-door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska."

Did I say "wow" already?]

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