Jersey Republican had a great comment at the end of one of my posts the other day where he warned me to not go overboard on my disdain for Sarah Palin. I agree. It is very easy for some of us to beat Palin down on a daily base. We need to be fair to her.
So how do we judge her intellectual fitness to be President? Let's just take only today's Palinisms, disregarding the past year and a half. I really don't have a huge problem with her Paul Revere gaffe. I assume that she misspoke here. Children of all ages can recite the fact that Paul Revere warned the colonists that the British were coming. This is kind of like the time Palin mixed up the Koreas. No big deal, we all do it.
I have more of a problem with Palin's blooper-filled interview with Greta Van Sustereen. Now, I suppose that since Palin was on friendly territory, she knew that she wouldn't be challenged on anything that came out of her mouth. I don't want to repeat her mistakes here since the Washington Post's Fact Checker does quite a job here. And again, I am trying to be understanding. All candidates get loose with the facts on occasion. Mitt Romney did here.
However, what really causes me to dismiss Sarah Palin as a serious candidate is her complete ignorance about the debt limit. Please read Reagan adviser Bruce Barlett's analysis on what will happen if the debt ceiling is not raised. I would be fine if Sarah Palin were to argue that there needs to be cuts before the debt ceiling is raised. Actually, that would be reckless as well, but not quite as reckless as saying that there would not be any harm in defaulting on America's loans.
I can accept the fact that Palin gets things wrong on occasion. But this is beyond careless. Anyone who demagogues the debt ceiling, either through ignorance or through pander, does not deserve to be near the White House.
I never quite answered the question in the title. NO, Palin may not be stupid, but she says things that are incorrect and reckless.