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The vice presidential debate is over and much ink has been spilled and bandwith burned discussing how it all went.

The bar was set so low that if she managed to walk out there on two legs, breath air, and speak in complete sentences then she met expectations.

She met the expectations set for her in this debate. But that’s all.

Did she meet the expectations of someone who’s experienced and “ready on day one” to serve in our highest office?


One candidate spent the weeks before the debate literally cramming on the issues.

One candidate didn’t need to.

Serving as president of the United States isn’t a job one can cram for — as if the campaign is just the night before the big exam, and skating by with a “C” was acceptable.

It is not. Too many people have too much riding on the answers.

Serving as president of the United States isn’t something that aides can tutor one into doing well. A president who has neither the intellectual capacity nor the curiosity to question what’s presented to him or her is more likely to accept what he or she is told, and more likely to be led down a primrose path — taking the country with him or her.

So, did she meet the expectations for someone who might sit in the oval office?


She couldn’t possibly. At least not for those of us who care about the experience and intelligence of our elected leaders.

Meeting those expectations isn’t her job. Her job is to lower the bar. Permanently.

Ours is to not let that happen.

Let’s just hope that there are enough of us.

One Comment

  1. I very much appreciate seeing another Buddhist who’s compelled to write abut political matters. One of the scariest things for me is that some of Palin’s supporters are delighted that she avoided answering questions where she was out of her depth, and that she instead would simply talk about something she claimed to know something about. “It’s just good debating strategy,” some of them are saying, apparently unconcerned that she’s unable to answer crucial questions about the economy, or even about how her ticket’s administration would differ from the Bush administration’s spectacular failures.

    Incidentally, I’ve been reading a lot of Buddhist blogs recently, thanks to Danny Fisher’s list and I’m struck by how few of the blogs refer to each other. I wonder if we can try to be more interconnected? I started a Google Reader account and at least skim the headlines of a dozen or more blogs. I’ve found half a dozen that I really like (including yours) and I’ll probably whittle down my subscription over time. Perhaps that’s something we all could do — at least keep an eye on what each other are writing about — and that could lead to more cross-commenting and more linking between stories. It’s what the net’s all about, after all.

    With metta…