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Palin on FOX News


Michael Fullilove


9 February 2010 07:49

Three points leaped out of Sarah Palin's interview on FOX News Sunday.

The first was the eagerness with which Governor Palin affirmed that she 'would' run for president if it made sense for the US and the Palin family. Her response was much less equivocal than I would have imagined. She wants that job, bad.

Second, she went awfully close to saying that, if he wants to get re-elected, President Obama should declare war on...someone:

She was not precise about who exactly. Yet she cannot have meant to say that the US commander-in-chief should risk American lives (and take foreign lives) in order to win an election. Perhaps it points to the difficulty of segueing between the roles of political leader and political commentator.

Finally, Sarah Palin set herself up for increased scrutiny of her knowledge of national and international events. During the 2008 race, she implied, she was green. What about now? 'I sure as heck better be more astute on these current events and national events than I was two years ago'.

The New York Times has reported Palin is getting daily emails from advisers on policy developments. But based on the reportage in Race of a Lifetime (which I review in this Saturday's Sydney Morning Herald), it would take a vast number of such emails before Governor Palin has the minimum knowledge required to withstand the rigors of a presidential race.