COURIC: If this [Wall Street bailout plan] doesn't pass, do you think there's a risk of another Great Depression?James Fallows blogs:
PALIN: Unfortunately, that is the road that America may find itself on. Not necessarily this as it's been proposed has to pass or we're going to find ourselves in another Great Depression.
There is no sign, listening to Palin, that she has any idea of what another world depression might mean, how loaded a term "another Great Depression" is, how this relates to what John McCain or her Republican party is saying and doing, or anything else involving public finance.Fallows goes on to note that Palin is most certainly not the intellectual equal of President Bush. "George W. Bush is in a completely different and superior league to what we've seen from Palin."
I submit: no one could have read a novel (Grapes of Wrath), seen a movie (Cinderella Man, to choose an easy one; or Annie, or Of Mice and Men or Bonnie and Clyde or All the Kings Men or They Shoot Horses Don't They), or read any history book about the Great Depression and have said these things. Implication: Sarah Palin has never seen or read, or never absorbed, any such material.
Fallows' comments reminded me of what had struck me most about Palin's response to the "Great Depression" question. That is, I was shocked by how similar in expression her answer was to a question asked of her by Charlie Gibson of ABC:
GIBSON: And under the NATO treaty, wouldn't we then have to go to war if Russia went into Georgia?It is almost as if Sarah Palin might have no more knowledge of the era known as the "Cold War" -- during which time Russia acquired its nuclear arsenal -- than she evidently has about the complexities of the "Great Depression" period. From what we have seen, it is fair to say that Sarah Palin most likely lacks the ability to put major contemporary world historical events into any kind of larger context -- except perhaps, a pseudo-Biblical one.
PALIN: Perhaps so. I mean, that is the agreement when you are a NATO ally, is if another country is attacked, you're going to be expected to be called upon and help.
Needless to say, such a person lacks a leadership quality indispensable to any American vice-president.