Palin Speaks 'Gibberish,' Isn't Ready to be VP: Zakaria

Columnist joins chorus of concerned pundits
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Sep 29, 2008 11:14 AM CDT
Republican vice presidential candidate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and her daughter Willow, are seen at a gourmet food shop in center city Philadelphia, Sunday Sept. 28, 2008.    (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
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(Newser) – Fareed Zakaria joins a chorus of pundits from both right and left who have declared the Alaska governor unqualified to be vice president. "Will someone please put Sarah Palin out of her agony?" the Newsweek columnist writes. When she goes off script, as she had to in the Katie Couric interview last week, he says, “what she has to say is often, quite frankly, gibberish.”

With two ongoing wars, a host of international challenges, a shaky economy, and a federal budget stretched beyond recognition, Palin is quite clearly not up to the job, he argues. That, not a double standard, may be why the GOP has been shielding her from reporters. “The more Palin talks, the more we see that it may not be sexism but common sense that's causing the McCain campaign to treat her like a time bomb. “