Instead of a basic competencies test…

Earlier in the week, my facebooked self was ruminating about giving Sarah Palin a basic competencies test.  In the wake of her confusing claims to “foreign policy experience” and her occasional deer-in-the-headlights interview persona, plus that awful awful interview with Katie “The Cougar” Couric…well, it had crossed my mind that the prospective Veep might not be all that smaht, if you catch my drift.  And so imagine my delight when someone else’s facebook status tipped me off to Interview Sarah Palin.

Here’s an example:

Q: What is the role of the US in Iraq and Afghanistan?

A (Palin, hypothetically): Afghanistan will lead to further security of our economy. It is, somebody was saying this morning, a toxic waste there on the right track. So health care reform and reducing taxes and reining in spending has got to see trade as opportunity, not as competitive, scary thing, but one in five jobs being created in the war. You can’t blink. You have to keep. I do bring to this table, and that’s with the energy independence that I’ve been working on for these years as the maverick though. Taking shots from his own party, and certainly safer. First off, we’re going to continue good relations with Saakashvili there.

The site is obviously a parody, but they are generating answers from a Markov chain analysis of actual answers Palin has given in recent interviews.  Like this one, from the Couric debacle:

COURIC: Why isn’t it better, Governor Palin, to spend $700 billion helping middle-class families struggling with health care, housing, gas and groceries? Allow them to spend more and put more money into the economy? Instead of helping these big financial institutions that played a role in creating this mess?

PALIN: That’s why I say, I like ever American I’m speaking with were ill about this position that we have been put in where it is the tax payers looking to bailout.  But ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the health care reform that is needed to help shore up the economy – Helping the – Oh, it’s got to be about job creation too. Shoring up our economy and putting it back on the right track. So health care reform and reducing taxes and reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions and tax relief for Americas. And trade we’ve got to see trade as opportunity, not as a competitive, scary thing. But 1 in 5 jobs being created in the trade sector today. We’ve got to look at that as more opportunity. All those things under the umbrella of job creation. This bailout is a part of that.

Maybe she’s just not a good public speaker, but this terrifies me.  The idea that I am more articulate than my (prospective) leaders fills me with revulsion and dread.

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