Wednesday, September 24, 2008
CNN anchor Campbell Brown is right. The way the McCain campaign has kept vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin shielded from media scrutiny does little to inspire confidence that she is ready to be second in command of the United States. It also highlights a disturbing sexism. I expect my heads of state (man or woman) to be capable, smart, savvy on foreign and domestic affairs, proactive, open and honest. We've had little chance to see any of this from Palin, sequestered as she is. You can argue that the media has been tough on Palin, but surely no tougher than it has been on Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton. Those historic candidates faced up to the media and the people. Why can't Sarah Palin? The press was allowed a meager 29 seconds of access during her meetings with foreign representatives yesterday.
If the McCain camp is as worried about sexism in this race as it claims, I suggest that it lead the way in fair treatment of Gov. Palin. Let the woman speak. And let the chips fall where they may.