by Max Brantley
That would be Sen. Chuck Hagel, not the doubletalking John McCain.
In an interview, Hagel said it would be a "stretch" to say Sarah Palin is qualified to be president. He is, if a truth teller, a master of understatement.
"She doesn't have any foreign policy credentials," Hagel said in an interview. "You get a passport for the first time in your life last year? I mean, I don't know what you can say. You can't say anything."
... Palin has cited the proximity of Alaska to Russia as evidence of her international experience.
Hagel scoffed at that notion.
"I think they ought to be just honest about it and stop the nonsense about, 'I look out my window and I see Russia and so therefore I know something about Russia,'" he said. "That kind of thing is insulting to the American people."
ALSO: Kos expounds on why it's important to expose Palin's weaknesses -- "She is a liar with theocratic tendencies, sports an intellect that makes Bush look like a Mensa member, and features an obvious fondness for Cheney-style abuses of power. And that's not even the worst of it." Why? It's about McCain's lack of judgment and turning what had been a positive for him into a negative.
ALSO: Elizabeth Drew, once an admirer of McCain, writes that she is no more. Palin is part of it.
McCain’s recent conduct of his campaign – his willingness to lie repeatedly (including in his acceptance speech) and to play Russian roulette with the vice-presidency, in order to fulfill his long-held ambition – has reinforced my earlier, and growing, sense that John McCain is not a principled man.
In fact, it’s not clear who he is.