South Dakota Senator Tim Johnson’s decision not to debate Joel Dykstra has brought complaints from all directions, as long as that direction is the right, all questioning his fitness to serve. While in the meantime, other than personal appearances to mainly invite only events and press releases, Johnson stays pretty much out of the media eye.
Something similar is happening on the national front with John McCain’s choice for Vice President, Sarah Palin. From the minute she was announced many have questioned everything from her limited resume. And because the media has been doing their job, the McCain campaign has decided to shelter her from the their questioning.
According to Nicole Wallace of the McCain campaign, the American people don’t care whether Sarah Palin can answer specific questions about foreign and domestic policy. According to Wallace — in an appearance I did with her this morning on Joe Scarborough’s show — the American people will learn all they need to know (and all they deserve to know) from Palin’s scripted speeches and choreographed appearances on the campaign trail and in campaign ads.
We don’t care about her foreign and domestic policy views? We will learn all we need to know from prepared speeches?
Do South Dakotan’s notice a trend here? I do but somehow I doubt the people complaining about Tim Johnson’s limited public appearances will be saying much about their gal Sarah’s self imposed media blackout.
At least with Johnson, South Dakotan’s have years of direct personal knowledge of the man and his qualifications as well as a voting record in the job, with Palin that isn’t the case. Johnson has an excuse, you know that brain injury thing so what about Palin? They were mean to her?
But heck, it’s not like she will be next in line for the Presidency, oh wait she would be…