Here’s Dowd on Gov. Palin and what she needs to do to prove to America she’s qualified to be president:
Sarah, who is now so renowned that she is known merely by one name and has a name ID of 90 percent, has to be a Kmart mom who appeals to Kmart moms and dads. She’s already shown that she can shoot the pig, put lipstick on it, bring home the bacon and fry it up in a pan. Now all she has to do is also prove that she can be the leader of the free world on a moment’s notice, and field dress Putin as adeptly as she can a moose.
Actually, if the “Putin test” is going to be the standard, then in a discussion between who is qualified between Obama and Palin, Palin wins in a landslide. No veep candidate on either presidential candidate’s short list is more knowledgeable and experienced on the core issue between Russia and the United States: energy. Russia and Alaska are nearly twins in terms of their natural resources, and Palin has real-world experience in that matter.
If Team Obama doubts this, there’s an easy solution: Gov. Palin and Sen. Obama can hold a townhall meeting to discuss the country’s energy issues.