Dick Cheney must be trying to sell a book. Why else would he feel the need, after nearly 4 years removed from public office, to thrust himself into the center of political debate by calling out Sarah Palin’s vice presidential qualifications? In his first interview since a March heart transplant, Cheney said this of the Palin VP selection to the always-fair-and-balanced ABC News:
“That one,” Cheney said, “I don’t think was well handled.”
“The test to get on that small list has to be, ‘Is this person capable of being president of the United States?’”
“I like Governor Palin. I’ve met her. I know her. She – attractive candidate. But based on her background, she’d only been governor for, what, two years. I don’t think she passed that test…of being ready to take over. And I think that was a mistake.
OK. I get it. Cheney’s criticism of Sarah Palin was meant to illustrate how Mitt Romney must make a ‘smarter’ decision when he selects his running mate. The problem is, he’s dead wrong. It’s a funny thing…I’ve heard the left say the same things about Cheney’s boss, President George W. Bush, for twelve years. Come to think of it, they said the same things about Ronald Reagan; the man I revere as the greatest President of our generation. According to those on the left, both men were in over their heads and did not have the experience, nor the intellectual capacity to handle the highest office in the land.
Frankly, I doubt Sarah Palin has lost any sleep over the opinions of the left and their propaganda wing, the mainstream press. Amusingly, her indifference to the agenda-driven opinions of the traditional media is the thing that makes them the most crazy. I’m fairly confident Dick Cheney’s evaluation of her qualifications will not cause her any undue stress.
Ironically, our current President (the object of Chris Matthews leg thrill) is the most underqualified person that has ever occupied the Oval Office–not that we would know enough to fully evaluate him, given the fact that the most transparent president ever has most of his pre-2008 life sealed and hidden from the American people.
What we do know about Barack Obama and Sarah Palin exposes a stark contrast. One is a self-made leader who worked in the private sector, was a business owner who worked hard for what she achieved, which helped her gain the experience that eventually led her to the governorship of one of the 50 states (executive experience). The other was handed his education and every job he had (none of which have been in the private sector) on a silver platter by radicals who were grooming him to enact their Marxist designs. He had less experience as an elected official than Palin did, and had zero executive experience. However, as any enamored, star-struck member of the press will tell you; Barack Obama is the most highly qualified President that has ever lived. Just try to forget what Obama’s own VP, Joe Biden, said about him in 2008.