Saturday, November 1, 2008

Former Reagan Official Duberstein: McDonald's Vetting Process Superior To McCain's

Ken Duberstein, former White House Chief of Staff to Ronald Reagan, speaking to Campbell Brown of MSNBC, criticized John McCain's hasty choice of Sarah Palin as running mate:

You know what most Americans I think realized is that you don’t offer a job, let alone the vice presidency, to a person after one job interview. Even at McDonald’s, you’re interviewed three times before you get a job. So I think the whole question of whether or not she is fit not to be vice president but to be president in an emergency on day one, people have resoundingly said, 'don't think so'...

Duberstein, who announced that he will be voting for Barack Obama, also expressed doubt about McCain's judgment:

As people look they look not about her qualifications but the judgment of John McCain in selecting her. Was this the person who was best qualified to be the vice president and a heartbeat away from the president and resoundingly, in poll after poll, people have growing doubts, in fact the majority say, 'no, not yet, not ready.'

Brown cited a New York Times CBS poll stating that 59% of registered voters feel that Palin is not ready to be vice president.

Duberstein and Brown also discussed the statement of Lawrence Eagleburger, former Secretary of State under George H.W. Bush and a McCain supporter:

I don't think at the moment she is prepared to take over the reins of the presidency. Give her some time in the office and I think the answer would be, she would be adequate.

"Adequate." Quite a vote of confidence.

Let this be a lesson to future presidential candidates: take at least as much time to vet your running mate as a fast food restaurant would take to vet a burger and fries cook.

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