Gov. Sarah Palin has agreed to be interviewed later on next week by Charlie Gibson of ABC News. Yesterday we heard rumblings that she may be unavailable for any kind of unscripted event for a couple of weeks. I think that would have been a huge mistake. Just in the few days since the convention came to an end, the requests from the media have crescendoed to an uncomfortable level, to say the least. In her absence, the questions would just cast a larger shadow and rightfully so.
For many in the GOP, especially conservative christians, they are already convinced she’s capable based on her cultural and religious beliefs. But for the rest of us who’ve been concerned by her inability to prove herself in an unscripted setting, this will be an opportunity for her to begin to turn that around.
Allow me to throw this out there. When he first ran for the presidency, George Bush had even more of a grasp of foreign policy than Palin. He also had more executive experience as Governor of Texas. But he was largely voted in twice because of his religious and cultural beliefs. He is now the most unapproved of President in the modern era. His presidency, aside from a few admirable accomplishments, has been largely problematic and has led our country in the wrong direction. If Bush’s presidency can teach us anything, it’s that maybe we should pause before we throw support behind candidates for having our same religious beliefs or cultural convictions. Not that those elements of a candidate are unimportant, but they’re not enough. Not even close.