Why not Jane Sixpack as VP?

October 5, 2008 | By | Reply More

What’s the problem with having Jane Sixpack as Vice-President?  In other words, what’s the problem having Sarah Palin occupy an office that puts her a heartbeat from being in charge of the United States?  Newsweek’s Jon Meacham weighs in:

Palin sometimes seems an odd combination of Chauncey Gardiner from “Being There” and Marge from “Fargo.”  Is this an elitist point of view? Perhaps, though it seems only reasonable and patriotic to hold candidates for high office to high standards. Elitism in this sense is not about educational or class credentials, not about where you went to school or whether you use “summer” as a verb. It is, rather, about the pursuit of excellence no matter where you started out in life. Jackson, Lincoln, Truman, Eisenhower, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan and Clinton were born to ordinary families, but they spent their lives doing extraordinary things, demonstrating an interest in, and a curiosity about, the world around them. This is much less evident in Palin’s case.

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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