Fareed Zakaria, host of Fareed Zakaria: GPS on CNN, says in Newsweek today that Sarah Palin should be removed from the McCain Palin ticket. Fareed Zakaria says Palin is utterly unqualified. Zakaria’s Palin comments blast both Palin as inexerienced and McCain as wrong in choosing Palin.
Zakaria writes of Palin:
“Can we now admit the obvious? Sarah Palin is utterly unqualified to be vice president. She is a feisty, charismatic politician who has done some good things in Alaska. But she has never spent a day thinking about any important national or international issue, and this is a hell of a time to start… In these times, for John McCain to have chosen this person to be his running mate is fundamentally irresponsible. McCain says that he always puts country first. In this important case, it is simply not true.
“Gov. Palin has been given a set of talking points by campaign advisers, simple ideological mantras that she repeats and repeats as long as she can. But if forced off those rehearsed lines, what she has to say is often, quite frankly — nonsense. Just listen to her response to Katie Couric’s question about the bailout. It’s gibberish — an emptying out of catchphrases about economics that have nothing to do with the question or the topic. It’s scary to think that this person could be running the country.”
How does he compare Sarah Palin to Dan Quayle?
“This is way beyond Dan Quayle. Quayle was a lightweight who was prone to scramble his words, or say things that sounded weird, but you almost always knew what he meant. One of his most famous miscues was to the United Negro College Fund when he said, “What a terrible thing to have lost one’s mind. Or not to have a mind at all.” Now he was trying to play off a famous ad that the group used to run, “A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste.” And he screwed it up in a funny way. But read Gov. Palin’s answers and it does appear that she doesn’t have any understanding about the topic under discussion.”