Again, we get into this issue of how do you define the word smart? There are so many different kinds of intelligence and so many different factors.<quoted text>Like Bob said, without her, McCain was heading for Dole numbers. And she was a better pick than Joe Biden, who has embarrassed his boss and the American people too many times to count. That man is mentally ill. She was also a better pick than Dan Quayle, a guy I like personally, but a true airhead who should have become a PGA Tour golfer.
I would put Palin in the same category as Barry intellectually, as both are smart in the talking category. I don't think they're that smart or curious intellectually otherwise. In other words, they both excel as performers, though both are too boring for TV.
The big difference between the two, however, is that Palin has her ear to the ground more real world. Her husband runs a business, and she at least has some idea how stuff gets to point B from point A. That's why the stuff she says resonates so well with middle America, even if she wouldn't be the right person as President.
I still say Sarah Palin is a small market TV personality. Barry would be a black gay Ron Burgandy. They're out of their depth when they get too far removed from those jobs.
I see Dan Qualye as a tad smarter than either of those two. He has a law degree and has been around high-level dinner table discussions his entire life. He was on the board of his family's newspapers. The family dumped both the Phoenix and the Indianapolis paper to Gannett for top dollar before the newspaper business tanked so he can't be that stupid. He was smarter than the Wolfes and the Grahams and the Sulzbergers.
Quayle does look like your local bank VP or somebody high level who sells big, expensive machines for GE. But that shouldn't fool anybody.
I put W. Bush, Poppy and Jeb in the same category as Quayle intellectually, but their talent lies in politics. I'm not so sure they're such whizzes when it comes to business, but you never know what those people still own. Bush's family had Buckeye Steel and Barbara's family had textile mills. I'm sure the family fortune is still there.
I think their skill set with the Quayles and the Bush;s is fine. The thing is though, all of them grew up with a silver spoon. Nothing wrong with that, as I wouldn't mind having one myself. Trouble is that they don't really have a lot of experience living the life of the little guy. While that may be overrated, it is one reason Clinton was able to connect with people and they weren't.
Palin had the right talk and the right pulse of what people care about. Trouble is, she is a lightweight and didn't have the temperament.(I would never vote for a bitchy woman just on principle.) Too bad, because she absolutely does say the right things.