I confess. I listen to The Dennis Miller Show. And, I like it. Today, he was asking his listeners if they thought Sarah Palin was the best the Republicans could do. He was respectful. I had appointments and had to stop listening before callers could respond to his introduction.
I have always considered Miller to be among America's brightest stand-ups. He was, in my opinion, a wonderful addition to Monday Night Football, and his radio show is usuallly a hoot, with a long string of his comedian friends joining a similarly long string of political figures. And, Miller usually makes sense. He's pretty far to the right, but stops short of having hissy fits over gay marriage and abortion.
So I was a bit surprised that he would devote a significant part of his show to Sarah Palin and trying to find out what people think of her. She has made a difference in several Republican races where Tea Party candidates have been successful. And, perhaps that is her best function.
Miller likes to say he likes the cut of people's jib. And he likes Palin. And, he said he would vote for Palin over Obama, and so quite frankly, would I. It would be my hope that she would be able to surround herself with extraordinary people who could help her bring us out of the mess in which we now find ourselves. I don't think Obama is interested in listening to anyone or anything but his own voice.
But Palin is not presidential material. The Republicans can find someone better, who can win. And I don't believe Palin can win. The fact is she's too ordinary. And the last "ordinary" president was Jimmy Carter, and he was a disaster. If Republicans hope to win the White House, they must find some one extraordinary, because if Obama is nothing else, he is extraordinary.
I don't believe it is out of the realm of possibility that Obama could lose in a primary, probably to Hilary Clinton, whom I believe would have done a better job.
But Palin is no Obama. She's not up for a race against H. Clinton. Republicans must find someone better.