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I Want A VP Who Is Smarter Than Me

11/03/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

So we finally got to hear Sarah Palin for longer than a 6 minute news clip.

I think there's no question that she performed in the debate better than expected. (Performed being the operative word.) She didn't ramble on nonsensically (although there were some points of odd sentence structure). She didn't get the deer-in-the-headlight look (well, not much). She didn't say anything goofy about foreign policy, her house and Alaska.

But then again, she didn't say much that wasn't a practiced policy line or a snarky jab. She winked. She gave a shout-out to a third grade class. She made every effort possible to make me think she was just like me.

She told me that she worried about how she would be able to afford to send her kids to college. She told me that she was just a middle-American girl at heart. She smiled in a goofy way and tried to be folksy with me.

Hmm. Maybe she IS just like me.

But you know what, I don't want a Vice President who is just like me. I want someone who is smarter than me.

I want the Vice President to be someone who is more polished than me. Someone who knows the difference between the Sunni's and the Shia's. Someone who knows how to pronounce NUCLEAR (and no, it's not nuke-you-lure).

I want the Vice President, who is a heartbeat away from the presidency, to understand how things work in Washington. I certainly don't like how politicized the process is either, but guess what? That's the way it is, and it's not going to change overnight. I want someone who recognizes that. Someone who doesn't think she can get by on a smile and a "you betcha!"

I don't want someone who believes their biggest asset is that they know what it's like to shop at WalMart and take their kids to hockey practice in a mini-van. How will that help in negotiations and diplomatic missions with other heads of state? I want someone who knows what fork to use at a White Tie dinner, how to address the Prime Minister of Israel, and where Abu Dhabi is.

I want someone who knows firsthand what people in other countries look like, sound like and act like. Hell, I want a Vice President who even knows what people in other STATES in our country look like, sound like and act like. I want a VP who knows that in New Mexico we deal with water issues, in Michigan they have a huge unemployment problem, and Washington always has some sort of an issue with salmon.

I wouldn't want me in office. My attention span is too short, I don't know very much about the economy and darn it, sometimes I just want to go to the movies with my kid and forget about all the bad things that happened that day. Or stay home in bed all day watching soap operas and eating chocolate. I don't want a Vice President to do that!

So for as friendly and as folksy and as "doggone" cute as Sarah Palin was in the debate tonight, she just reminded me why I don't want her as Vice President. She's too much like me. And I'm not smart enough, sophisticated enough, worldly-aware enough to be Vice President.

I don't want a Vice President who's like me. I want one who's smarter.