Posted tagged ‘Judgement’

Simpler Palin and the Numbers fiasco post.

August 29, 2008

Update: For perspective, by all means check out Sarah Palin’s new blog. (h/t Kevin Drum)

I just posted 1300 words trying to find a new angle to suggest just how bad John McCain’s judgment was in choosing Sarah Palin as his running mate.  Two quick hit follow ups:  the key to remember is that this choice reveals more about McCain’s fitness for the office he seeks than it does about Palin’s for hers.  Andrew Sullivan calls this an F.U. choice and that seems to me to be about right.

And as I was hitting “publish,” it occured to me that there was a really simple numerical comparison that would suggest which level she has reached in her climb through the minor leagues of American politics.

That is, while it seems at least plausible that someone with the title “Governor” might be a reasonable potential President, someone who has been the mayor of a middle sized city for twenty months would never have been considered a viable Vice Presidential nominee.

The American city nearest in population to the state of Alaska is Fort Worth, Texas.  It’s budget of 1.2 billion dollars is about one fifth the size of the state’s.  San Francisco’s budget of about 6.1 billion is right in the ball park

So try it on just for the sound of it.  How does “your next Vice President of the United State’s, Fort Worth Mayor Sarah Palin” sound?  Not so plausible?  Or, “Twenty months into her first term leading the City and County of San Franciso, Mayor Sarah Palin is ready to lead the free world?”

Alaska is a little state.  It’s not easy running anything — I sucked wind trying to keep my tiny, tiny little production company going.  But there is  an enormous qualitative difference between Governor Palin’s existing base of knowledge and that required to play in the Show.  She’s been playing in the Cape Cod League until now — maybe batting clean-up, but still, you don’t leap from the Brewster Whitecaps to the Washington Nationals in one step.

Image:  Thomas Eakins, “Baseball players practicing,” 1875.  Source:  Wikimedia Commons.