Palin ready? Eagleburger says, 'Of course not.'
Yesterday, former Secretary of State to George H.W. Bush and Charlottesville resident Lawrence Eagleburger joined an increasingly long list of conservatives who are critical of Republican vice presidential candidate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's credentials to ascend to the presidency.
Asked yeseterday on NPR's Talk of the Nation whether Palin was ready to handle a crisis as president, Eagleburger responded, "That's a very good question," pausing briefly and then continuing, "I'm being facetious here. Look, of course not. I don't think at the moment she's prepared to take over the reins of the presidency."
Eagleburger was guardedly optimistic that Palin could learn the ways of the office as vice president.
"The question is, 'Can she learn, and would she be tough enough under the circumstances if she were asked to become president, heaven forbid that that ever takes place?'" said Eagleburger. "Give her some time in the office, and I think the answer is that she would be adequate. I can't say that she would be a genius in the job, but I think she would be enough to get us through a four-year–- I hope not–- get us through whatever period of time was necessary, and I devoutly hope that it would never be tested."
Asked to respond to Eagleburger's assessment, McCain told ABC this morning that he's not troubled by it and that, "Larry hasn't had a chance to meet Sarah."
Eagleburger, who has endorsed McCain, has expressed similar reservations about McCain's opponent, Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL). Just eleven days ago on Fox News' The Live Desk, Eagleburger said about the prospect of an Obama presidency, "I’m scared of it. I really am. I’m frightened by it. And partly because he doesn’t know international affairs," adding that, "I would far rather have Sen. McCain, who I know, knows foreign affairs, and knows where he’s going. I think Obama is going to be a real problem until he gets his feet on the ground, and that’s going to take some time."