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Stripping Sarah to Her Qualifications

Video could be considered NSFW, it’s about as racy as Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue

Girls and guns–and girls with guns–are American pastimes. In combination with her made-for-TV-movie life they’ve given  Sarah Palin instantly iconic status and ripened her to be the butt of jokes. Anyone who doesn’t think satire can happen in a strip club–two words, ladies and gentlemen: Lenny Bruce.

The reason Palin is mocked and ridiculed, excoriated on late night TV and in the tabloids is not because she’s a  woman, a moose-shootin’ mother of a pucker,  but because that’s what the media does–they expose, through whatever means  they possess, from burlesque to comedy to erudite essays, their own takes on the candidates’ ability to lead this country. Under all the gags, gossip and snark a very real question is being posed:

Is this PERSON qualified in skill, experience, knowledge and judgment to be vice president of the United States, second in command, with all that entails?

Even the conservative media, even Karl Rove, the puppetmaster himself, are beginning to have doubts. In just this past week, Rove has gone from saying he had "no qualms about her ability to lead" to admitting, "I don’t know," when asked about Palin’s qualifications to be president.

McCain and his campaign went for flash over facts, sparkle over substance, and that’s a warning bell for the candidate’s judgment and ability to make correct decisions on matters that gravely concern this country.

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Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.

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