by Jonathan Singer, Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 08:50:13 AM EDT
Nonpartisan pollster Del Ali, whose Research 2000 is generally on the money, asks if Sarah Palin is "the worst selection by a major party nominee for President in modern times"? As it turns out, Spiro Agnew, to whom Palin bears a distinct resemblance, was probably a worse pick (indeed he was forced to resign from office as a result of a corruption scandal), and going back in time the pick of
81 year-old millionaire Henry Davis back in 1904 was probably not the greatest (Davis had actually two terms as a Senator under his belt) Indianapolis City Solicitor John Kern in 1908 was probably not the greatest.
But perhaps even more than what the pollsters and pundits are telling us, it's the sentiments of Alaskans that really stand out. Take this one, for instance:
The reaction wasn't so rosy elsewhere. State Senate President Lyda Green said she thought it was a joke when someone called her at 6 a.m. to tell her the news.
"She's not prepared to be governor. How can she be prepared to be vice president or president? said Green, a Republican from Palin's hometown of Wasilla. "Look at what she's done to this state. What would she do to the nation?"
With the prospect of John McCain being the oldest person ever elected to a first term as President, the fact that Palin was the mayor of a small town just over a year and a half ago and even others in her party in Alaska, who know her best, all but admitting that she's not prepared to be Governor, let alone Vice President or President, is likely to weigh heavily on the minds of American voters come November.