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Old 10-31-2008, 09:42 AM  
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Engleburger: Of Course Palin is not Ready.

A former Republican Secretary of State and one of John McCain's most prominent supporters offered a stunningly frank and remarkably bleak assessment of Sarah Palin's capacity to handle the presidency should such a scenario arise.

Lawrence Eagleburger, who served as Secretary of State under George H.W. Bush and whose endorsement is often trumpeted by McCain, said on Thursday that the Alaska governor is not only unprepared to take over the job on a moment's notice but, even after some time in office, would only amount to an "adequate" commander in chief.

"And I devoutly hope that [she] would never be tested," he added for good measure -- referring both to Palin's policy dexterity and the idea of McCain not making it through his time in office. (Listen to audio below.)

The remarks took place during an interview on National Public Radio that was, ironically, billed as "making the case" for a McCain presidency. Asked by the host whether Palin could step in during a time of crisis, Eagleburger reverted to sarcasm before leveling the harsh blow.

"It is a very good question," he said, pausing a few seconds, then adding with a chuckle: "I'm being facetious here. Look, of course not."

Eagleburger explained: "I don't think at the moment she is prepared to take over the reins of the presidency. I can name for you any number of other vice presidents who were not particularly up to it either. So the question, I think, is can she learn and would she be tough enough under the circumstances if she were asked to become president, heaven forbid that that ever takes place?

"Give her some time in the office and I think the answer would be, she will be [pause] adequate. I can't say that she would be a genius in the job. But I think she would be enough to get us through a four year... well I hope not... get us through whatever period of time was necessary. And I devoutly hope that it would never be tested."

The indictment of Palin was all the more biting because both she and McCain have held Eagleburger up repeatedly during the past several weeks as evidence that the Republican ticket has firm standing and support within foreign policy circles. (In fact, McCain conferred with Eagleburger by phone just this week, on matters pertaining to national security.)
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Old 10-31-2008, 09:51 AM   #2
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but I thought that McBush said the first thing he was looking for in a VP candidate is someone who would be ready for the job
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Old 10-31-2008, 10:00 AM   #3
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The indictment of Palin was all the more biting because both she and McCain have held Eagleburger up repeatedly during the past several weeks as evidence that the Republican ticket has firm standing and support within foreign policy circles. (In fact, McCain conferred with Eagleburger by phone just this week, on matters pertaining to national security.)
An even bigger indictment is the indictment of Obama implicit in this story. Despite his views on the Republican VP nominee, Eagleburger unambiguously endorses McCain.
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Old 10-31-2008, 10:14 AM   #4
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An even bigger indictment is the indictment of Obama implicit in this story. Despite his views on the Republican VP nominee, Eagleburger unambiguously endorses McCain.
Doing a good job of it by saying that McBush's first big decision as a potential POTUS is a total disaster.
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Old 10-31-2008, 10:18 AM   #5
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Old 10-31-2008, 11:08 AM   #6
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Mr Eagleburger was being honest about her and compared her to other VP's. Several had to gather experience going in to be ready. I see no problem with this, other than the what if game, if this, if that should happen.

We get Obame right off the bat, What if this happens, or even that. We get a POTUS that has to learn, to make judgment ( there's a scary one with his past known associates) decisions from day one instead of a VPOTUS that gets to watch and learn.
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Old 10-31-2008, 11:16 AM   #7
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I interpret that rofl as more of a nervous deflection.
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Doing a good job of it by saying that McBush's first big decision as a potential POTUS is a total disaster.
He didn't even say it was a disaster, much less a total disaster. In fact, he said he could name numerous former VPs who fall into the same category in which he places Palin.
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Mr Eagleburger was being honest about her and compared her to other VP's. Several had to gather experience going in to be ready. I see no problem with this, other than the what if game, if this, if that should happen.

We get Obame right off the bat, What if this happens, or even that. We get a POTUS that has to learn, to make judgment ( there's a scary one with his past known associates) decisions from day one instead of a VPOTUS that gets to watch and learn.
I just hope the test comes early enough that he hasn't had time to gut the military yet.
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Old 10-31-2008, 11:20 AM   #10
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Mr Eagleburger was being honest about her and compared her to other VP's. Several had to gather experience going in to be ready. I see no problem with this, other than the what if game, if this, if that should happen.

We get Obame right off the bat, What if this happens, or even that. We get a POTUS that has to learn, to make judgment ( there's a scary one with his past known associates) decisions from day one instead of a VPOTUS that gets to watch and learn.
With McCain's age he could die at the drop of a hat. So the pick is increasingly more important than a typical VP pick.
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Old 10-31-2008, 11:20 AM   #11
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I still don't get what it takes to be "ready" for the Presidency.

The GOP says Obama doesn't have executive experience and that any crisis will be his first crisis IN THE OVAL OFFICE CHAIR.

Seems to me McCain doesn't have any of that experience either and it'd be his first crisis too.

So, please, people, tell me what he needed to be "qualified" or "ready" for the Presidency.
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Old 10-31-2008, 11:21 AM   #12
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With McCain's age he could die at the drop of a hat. So the pick is increasingly more important than a typical VP pick.
Yep.
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Old 10-31-2008, 11:27 AM   #13
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Yep.
Hell I could see the scenario where McCain wins on Tuesday and is shocked and has a heart attack and dies and then Palin becomes POTUS.

It wouldn't surprise me one bit if that happened.
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Old 10-31-2008, 11:49 AM   #14
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Hell I could see the scenario where McCain wins on Tuesday and is shocked and has a heart attack and dies and then Palin becomes POTUS.

It wouldn't surprise me one bit if that happened.
Technically, Palin wouldn't automatically become POTUS.

The electorate doesn't officially cast their votes until the middle of December. (Don't remember the date off the top of my head)
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Mr Eagleburger was being honest about her and compared her to other VP's. Several had to gather experience going in to be ready. I see no problem with this, other than the what if game, if this, if that should happen.

We get Obame right off the bat, What if this happens, or even that. We get a POTUS that has to learn, to make judgment ( there's a scary one with his past known associates) decisions from day one instead of a VPOTUS that gets to watch and learn.
Guess what experience isn't the end all be all but you know what is, having a 1st class mind with the ability to do the job..

Can anyone in their right mind argue that Obama is not much more intelligent than Palin is.
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