is that she can field dress a moose. That seems like a good skill to have if you live in Alaska. Or Vermont. Or anyplace else that has moose and a moose season. And frankly, you have to field dress a moose unless you have overload springs on your truck (and your truck happens to be right there). They are massive animals, and they have a lot of guts. Literally.
My dad got a moose tag a few years ago, and he chronicled the whole process of the scout, the hunt, the kill, the dressing, and the whole incredibly arduous process of dealing with the animal. They divvied up the meat between the families of the something like fifteen people that helped out, and they still had A LOT of meat.
There are also a whole bunch of things I don’t find admirable or impressive about Palin. Or I simply don’t care about. I’m not interested in her family in terms of her qualifications to be in office. I’m not interested in her daughter’s pregnancy, except that it seems to illustrate some of the problems with her abstinence-only education agenda. Not that a young woman who knows how to have safe sex never gets pregnant.
I’m appalled by her attempt at banning books, and her desire to inject her religious beliefs into science curricula, and into bedrooms and doctor’s offices all across the land.
I don’t think that being a mayor of a small town about the size of Vermillion shows much except she can run a very small campaign. A campaign where there might not be too many other people running. I mean, should we put Mayor Dan up for consideration? No offense, Mayor Dan, but I don’t think you’re qualified for the VP slot. Your wife, Gloria, might be. She seems like a capable businesswoman.
I’m not sure how being a less than two-years-experienced governor of a state small in population makes her qualified either. By that reckoning, our governor, Mike Rounds, would be more qualified than Palin is. I don’t think anyone has the impression he’s ready for the nod.
In fact, though my dad has never been mayor, he was on the planning commission in a town about the size of Wasilla for several years, and has been a successful businessman for more years than I’ve been alive. He has two kids, and he can field dress a moose. Maybe he should be Vice President.
Except I’d never hear the end of it, and as much as he loves the women in his life, he’s a bit of a chauvinist. That might be a reaction to his liberal-minded feminist daughter (he has been known to say things just to piss me off), but I think the Republicans have enough chauvinism to go around already.
The difference is, my dad does it with a glint of humor in his eye–a hint of a challenge to prove him wrong. The Republicans do it because they don’t know any better.
Anyhow, I’ll give Palin the moose. That’s impressive. But still probably not a qualification for VP, unless the job description entails slicing open the belly of one’s opponent after they are dead, and leaving the entrails in the woods for the wolves.
Oh, except she likes to kill those, too.