This is an actual quote from the McCain campaign:
Four months and one birthday later, McCain's announcement of Palin made clear the paucity of her experience.
"As the head of Alaska's National Guard and as the mother of a soldier herself," the statement said, "Gov. Palin understands what it takes to lead our nation and she understands the importance of supporting our troops."
That's like saying, because I go to a grocery store every week and buy food, I'm well qualified to set agriculture and transportation/distribution policy.
Can we just stop saying that leading a state's National Guard qualifies anybody to do anything?
And as for the old stand-by 'supporting the troops'... here's a bit of news. The troops do not lead themselves, with the rest of us standing ready with our hands over our hearts and the fountain pen poised to sign the checks.
No, see, the President of the United States and his/her administration is expected to set the policy that determines when and if troops are ever engaged in the first place. This 'support the troops' phrase is over-used and mis-used as an emotional cudgel to keep us guilted into funding a few really bad ideas.
And speaking of the really bad idea of the Iraq war - Governor Palin has not given it a lot of thought, according to news I heard on Friday night. Somehow, even though her son will be serving in Iraq, the whole question of the US of A's engagement in that fracas is not a topic that has gotten her attention, or about which she has formed an opinion.
It's breathtaking - there's no other word for it.