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Monday, September 1, 2008

Make sure Palin knows how to spell “potato”

By now the McCain team undoubtedly has Sarah Palin on a crash course in a number of subjects: national security, international relations, politics inside the Beltway, handling the national media, and a host of other areas where her skimpy resume needs bolstering. Given the dim bulb performance of Dan Quayle, another obscure vice-presidential nominee selected by the elder George Bush during the 1988 campaign, the McCain handlers might also want to make sure Palin knows how to spell “potato.”

Quayle and Palin share a lot of traits: both were virtual unknowns on the national scene when selected as running mates, both were better-than-average in appearance, and both brought hard-line conservative credentials the head of the Republican ticket lacked.

Quayle’s frequent gaffes during the 1998 campaign soon relegated him to nightly fodder for late-night talk show monologues. The ridicule continued throughout his term as vice president, culminating in a career-defining moment in 1992 when Quayle corrected a grade school student during a spelling bee, insisting the proper spelling for the source of french fries was “potatoe.” The incident permanently cemented Quayle’s reputation as an intellectual lightweight. The defeat in 1992 of the Bush/Quayle ticket by Clinton/Gore ended Dan Quayle’s short-lived tenure in the national spotlight.

Thankfully for the United States, George H.W. Bush survived his one and only term in the White House. It is frightening to consider what the world would be like today had Dan Quayle become president. Even more alarming is that John McCain is eight years older than the senior Bush was during the 1988 election. So the specter of an untested novice becoming commander-in-chief is chillingly real.

If John McCain wins the election, every American should pray daily for his health.

Raul Ramos y Sanchez


Anonymous said...

Both were virtual unknowns on the national scene and better-than-average in appearance exactally like Barak H. Obama. Obama has spent his entire time as a Senator organizing his campaign and running for President and very little time being Senatorial. Whereas Palin has governmental administrative experience as the Governor of Alaska and in command of the Alaskan National Guard. Seems she has a better resume for being President than the media created fraud Obama. For Obama to get from junior Senator of Illinois to Presidential candidate in such a short period of time should be suspicious to anyone that can think logically and see beyond all the hype. Palin also has a son headed for Iraq and McCain has two sons in service of our country. McCain and Palin need to take command of America, not a non-tested, inexperienced nobody like Obama. If elected, Obama will push his socialist agenda on America and that will be national suicide. I'll side with nationalists with experience over anti-American racists like the Obamas anyday. Then thank God everyday that the likes of them are not in control of America.

Anonymous said...

"So the specter of an untested novice becoming commander-in-chief is chillingly real." Raul Ramos y Sanchez, September 2, 2008

Given the debacle of the Obama administration, truer words were never spoken (only I believe Mr. Ramos' sentiments blinded him to his own truth).