I can’t believe that some smart people, including Ann Althouse (I’m using “smart” in the sense of “accomplished academic” here), still think that Sarah Palin is a viable political candidate. In case you’ve missed Palin’s latest string of mind-dump gaffes, check out her explanation of Paul Revere’s famous Midnight Ride:
He who warned, uh, the British that they weren’t going to be taking away our arms uh by ringing those bells and making sure as he’s riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be secure and we were going to be free.
Paul Revere warned the British? Trying to enforce the yet-to-exist Second Amendment?
Apparently Althouse thinks that Palin is a viable candidate because many Americans feel that she’s “just like them.” Frankly, I’d rather have someone running the country who is not like me, i.e., not a hothead lacking diplomatic skills. Running a country is a big, hard job, just like brain surgery. And if I needed a brain surgeon, I’d sure as hell look for one who was smart—not dumb and folksy like Palin.