While Far-Right Republicans are lining up behind Palin, her thin resume and complete lack of national experience is likely to cause problems for the GOP ticket.
A Politico story posted today does not inspire confidence. Presidential scholars interviewed by the website include these damning assessments of Palin's background:
Presidential scholars say she appears to be the least experienced, least credentialed person to join a major-party ticket in ticket in the modern era. […]That includes Spiro T. Agnew, Richard Nixon's first vice president, who was governor of a medium-sized state, Maryland, for two years, and before that, executive of suburban Baltimore County….It also includes…New York Rep. Geraldine Ferraro, who served three terms in the House before Walter Mondale chose her in 1984 as the first woman candidate on a major party ticket."It would be one thing is she has only been governor for a year and a half, but prior to that she had not had major experience in public life, said [presidential historian Matthew] Dallek of Palin. "The fact that he [McCain] would have to go to somebody who is clearly unqualified to be president makes Obama look like an elder statesman."
This is a powerful stuff and yet another sign that the Palin selection was a mistake.
The Alaska governor may wow 'em at the GOP convention in St. Paul, but the doubts are out there and they aren't trivial. Even if she comes off well next week, there's no getting around the fact that she has no national or international experience–none!
Loyal Republicans are saying she's a "game changer." But she may be a deal breaker for a great many thoughtful and independent voters, people who know a light-weight token when they see one.