The McCain campaign should worry about this:Report
From a 2006 Eagle Forum candidate questionnaire (Q11):
Q. Are you offended by the phrase “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance? Why or why not?
Sarah Palin: Not on your life. If it was good enough for the founding fathers, its good enough for me and I’ll fight in defense of our Pledge of Allegiance.
This is the first insight in to how informed Palin is on stuff. When she was first announced, the reaction was along the lines of, "well, maybe she's smart" (the glasses helped a lot with that perception).
But now it's clear that Palin probably doesn't know a whole lot when it comes to the contemporary dialogue in politics. What, for example, political magazines had she read prior to being Alaska's governor. The Weekly Standard
? National Review
? The New Republic
? Unlikely it's any of those. Even as a Buchanan supporter in 2000, it's unlikely she reads the American Conservative
. The only thing you can be sure of is that Palin subscribes to the American Rifleman
Palin comes off as someone who, when she feels wonky, gets a copy of Parade
magazine for the in-depth analysis of a particular topic.
If this early glimpse of Palin's knowledge is accurate, she won't fare well in interviews and press encounters.