You just can’t make this stuff up. From Fox News reporter Carl Cameron (italics mine):
I wish I could have told you more at the time but all of it was put off the record until after the election. There was great concern in the McCain campaign that Sarah Palin lack the degree of knowledgeability necessary to be a running mate, a vice president, and a heartbeat away from the presidency. We’re told by folks that she didn’t know what countries that were in NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, that being the Canada, the US, and Mexico. We’re told she didn’t understand that Africa was a continent rather than a country just in itself … a whole host of questions that caused serious problems about her knowledgeability. She got very angry at staff, thought that she was mishandled…..was particularly angry about the way the Katie Couric interview went. She didn’t accept preparation for that interview when the aides say that that was part of the problem. And that there were times that she was hard to control emotionally there’s talk of temper tantrums at bad news clippings.
And then there’s this:
He said that, in the most startling shortcoming, she actually didn’t “understand that Africa was not just a country, but a continent.” This led, among other things, to her asking how, in that case, South Africa could be a separate country. She also could not name all of the countries in North America, he said, not even the NAFTA partners. And she did not know many of the basics of civics and local/state/national duties.
Um, there aren’t that many countries in NAFTA… And thinking Africa is a country? How is she supposed to deal with problems in Africa if she doesn’t even know what Africa is?
You’ll notice that I used the present tense–I assume there are still plenty of Republicans who think she would be a great presidential candidate even though she doesn’t know what Africa is. She’s not a third-grader, she’s a U.S. governor: she should know what Africa is. Anyone who still thinks Palin should be president needs to be publicly humiliated. Think of Palin as an entry-level intelligence test to civilized society.
Of course, this also explains why she is so popular among the Republican base–she’s just as dumbass ignorant as they are (But she loves fetuses so it’s OK. You betcha!). Until Republicans start taking governance seriously–and that means putting forth serious candidates–they will remain a regional Appalachian, Texarkana, and Oklahoma panhandle party. No thinking person (regardless of where they live) can take such a party seriously.