But I’m most interested–disturbed, really–by his latest explanation of how Sarah Palin is qualified on the matter that McCain says matters most: national security.
Reporter: You say you’re sure she has the experience, but I’m just asking for an example. What experience does she have in the field of national security?
McCain: Energy. She knows more about energy than uh probably anyone else in the United States of America. She represe–is a governor of the state that 20% of America’s energy supply comes from there. And you all know that energy is a critical and vital national security issue.
McCain is basically arguing that serving as governor of a state that supplies a lot of America’s energy gives a person great national security credentials.
Hmmm. Governors of states that supply lots of energy … states that supply lots of energy … lets see, those would include Alaska, Louisiana, …
Now aside from the fact that McCain is wrong about his claim that Alaska provides 20% of our energy supply (it provides 20% of our oil, relatively little–at least thus far–of our natural gas, and insignificant amounts of coal, nuclear, wind, or solar power), he’s basically arguing that a guy like George Bush has the national security qualifications to be President.
And we saw how well that worked out.
All in all, I’d say, McCain’s making a great case for voting against Sarah Palin.