Is somebody worried about “Apocalypse YouBet’cha”?
George Will seems to think American voters are concerned that our nuclear arsenal could fall into the hands of… Sarah Palin:
“The threshold question, not usually asked, but it’s in everyone’s mind in a presidential election. ‘Should we give this person nuclear weapons?’ And the answer [in Palin's case], answers itself.”
“You know how chicks are… she’ll probably get upset with a Real Housewives of Atlanta episode and hit ‘the button’…”
This reminds me a bit of the elitists reaction to Reagan (“a doddering old fool with access to nukes? Nooo!”):
George Will is a conservative (usually), but he’s an Ivy League conservative, and as such he might have a tendency to think that anybody who didn’t go to Princeton, Harvard or Yale shouldn’t be trusted with anything more powerful than a Bic lighter.
Did George Will mention a similar concern in 2008 when a community organizer from Chicago was about to be handed the launch codes and subsequently disclose the size of the US nuke arsenal? No, because Obama’s smart — he went to Columbia and all.
In our government, there is no evidence to suggest that competence and common sense has anything to do with how many Ph.D’s, Beltway experience or “pinky sticking out while drinking champagne” charm school manners somebody has — to the contrary if anything.
(h/t Ward World)