To his credit, Biden has conscientiously worked to familiarize himself with the great questions of national policy. To her discredit, Palin has not.
With that one sentence (emphasis added), I submit that David Frum has just placed himself, and his judgement as a voice on national affairs, on record.
That phrase “he has just placed himself on record” comes from another time in American history—a time when a great American general noted that another, much less great general, had just put his judgement into question.
The great general was Winfield Scott; the not-so-great one was George McClellan.
Shortly after taking command of the Army of the Potomac, McClellan issued an official report, claiming that the Confederates had over 100,000 troops near Washington. It was actually less than one-third that number.
Scott, thinking that McClellan was a bit of a fool, remarked that “General McClellan had just put himself on record” with his foolish statement.
David Frum has just claimed that Sarah Palin has not “conscientiously worked to familiarize herself with the great questions of national policy.”
Now, one might argue, she’s been a state governor, and only running for the White House (VP’s office) for less than two months.
But, Frum makes it a point to say she deserves “discredit.”
That’s a pretty strong word.
Seems to me that, someone in Palin’s position would only have earned “discredit” if she’d willfully neglected studying national and international policy issues since she was nominated to be VP.
Where is Frum’s evidence that she’s been that negligent?
I await Frum’s justification of his for-record insult.
I submit that his reputation as a sober thinker and fair commentator should rise or fall, based on the quality of the arguments he makes and the evidence he submits in defense of these fighting words.
Here’s the link , and here’s the money paragraph:
One final comment. As readers of this space know, I have been very critical of the selection of Sarah Palin. Yet I do not regard her as a reason to cast aside the principles of my life on voting day. She may not bring much knowledge to this ticket. Yet she is obviously no fool. Indeed, using the favored metric of Joe Biden (“I think I have a higher IQ than you”), my guess is that she would probably outscore the Democratic vice presidential candidate on a standardized aptitude test. To his credit, Biden has conscientiously worked to familiarize himself with the great questions of national policy. To her discredit, Palin has not. But on Tuesday, I will trust that she can learn. She has governed a state – and she did risk her career by defying the corrupt leaders of the Alaska Republican party.