From the comments at Larison’s:
It’s not as if Republicans have set a high bar of knowledge, expertise, judgment, and accomplishment [for their candidates]. Their “high bar” is all about theatrical performance and nerve, both of which Palin has in abundance.
There’s a reason for this. Any candidate with real intelligence, judgment, and expertise would not support the policies of the Republican party platform, plain and simple. As long as those basic policies remain unchanged, the candidates who will succeed must be able to practice deep denial while acting with full confidence in their righteousness. This means the qualifications to be the GOP nominee are mostly ones of psychological imbalance and theatrical skill. To change that situation, the entire policy agenda of the Republican party would have to change, and that simply isn’t going to happen.
Friday, November 7, 2008
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This is from a comment by conradg made on a post by Daniel Larison quoted by John Cole then mentioned by Crooks and Liars and lifted by me. I'm exhausted.