Ben Stein: Palin a 'peculiar VP choice'
ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) - Palin? Palin?
Ben Stein of “Ferris Bueller” fame is beside himself over Sen. John McCain’s choice for vice president.
“I’m confused and disturbed by the GOP choice of Sarah Palin,” the economist said Wednesday outside The CNN Grill at the Republican National Convention.
Stein was hoping for someone with more experience like Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who was considered to be on the shortlist of McCain’s potential running mates.
But don’t expect Stein to defect to the left.
“Obama doesn't have enough experience and Biden just isn't smart enough,” he said. "We need someone smart and we haven't had a smart president in a long time. Well, I guess Clinton was smart.
"I'm a Republican and hope McCain wins, but I'm just floored they picked Sarah Palin."
Stein is an author and former speechwriter for Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford,
If you think mccain is so smart i hope you are dumb enough to join the armed services Ben Stein. Mccain is not smart he is a pow and a war starter. Mccain and Ben Stein are sick old men!
I wondering how much credibility is left when you call someone "stupid", and yet manage to misspell the monosyllabic "liar".
Here's to you, Palin fan.
Ben – you are not alone. Soon everyone else will be floored too. What has this country come to when we're looking for a hockey-mom leader who's sacrificing her kids to her political ambition. Her current scandals will also drag down McCain. Her broken promises will follow her forever.
Ben Stein is right. As a group of voters, we tend to reward liars and smooth talkers. The same is true of our corporate elite. Only a few liars and smooth talkers are intelligent. Most of us voters are fools to continually fall for this. Both parties spout out red herring issues or construct straw men to attack. Politicians in both parties claim to be 'regular every day god-fearing people' – what a joke! This is our fault as voters. That means YOU!
the theme we heard repeatedly was vote for the issues not the party.
You can't have it both ways.
You are a closet Obama/Biden voter.
CNN, follow him to the booth!
I'm sorry you won't vote for Biden because he isn't smart enough? So, McCain is smarter? Palin is smarter? In all seriousness if you gave all three a test who do you think would make the highest grade?
Ben Stein thinks the world is only 10,000 years old and men walked around with dinosaurs. The guy wouldn't know "smart" if it knocked him over the head! Go back to game shows Ben. You're of more use there...
He better be careful, they will say he is sexist. They don't like when people talk negative about them. But, that is all I heard out of them tonight...no ideas just negative.
On Friday, Barack Obama will name Mike Tyson as his choice for Attorney General, citing Mike's extensive criminal justice experience. Republican critics claimed the appointment was just a political ploy designed to divert attention away from Sara Palin's historic speech.
Silly isn't it? Now don't you think Ben Stein would be smart enough to put country ahead of party.
I bet he's singing her praises right about now!
People should learn to spell simple words like "liar" before accusing others of being stupid. A basic command of punctuation would be nice, too. How about keeping the discourse both civil and intelligent?
Compliments to Stein for speaking his mind. Shame on you who pretend that this is something unique based on party affiliation. Generalization is a sign of weak-minded, politically-motivated blindness. Let's keep to the issues and stop making this personal.
I definitely agree that one ticket consists of an unintelligent candidate as well as an inexperienced one, but it certainly seems to be the one conferring in St. Paul this week.
This tells it all, even the republicans recognized that McCain goofed in his choice of VP. All they can do is to hope that he wins because they are republicans instead of putting the good of America above partisan politics. They best they can do is hope because Americans are saying enough of leaving our destiny in the hands of mediocres who lack the right judgment to lead this great nation. Ben should follow his heart and throw his weight behind the Obama/Bidden team. He does not have confidence in the McCain/Palin team, but lacks the courage to support a better team. Wake up Ben!
Insane McCain's dosage of Aricept should be increased. He is obviously delusional. Ms. Palin told us absolutely NOTHING! For McCain to think that bringing in a fashionable " Hockey Mom " with a pregnant 17yr. old ( she can't even effectively govern a teenager) ) and ta special needs child is going to pull the heartstrings of intelligent hardworking women across the country so hard that it swings the ' Hillary vote' , is not only offensive and condescending, it is downright ludacrous! I work within the special needs community every day and with women of substance and integrity, none of whom would dump their challenged baby off to go out and hunt Moose and Democrats. As for comparisons between Hillary and Sarah Palin; gender aside, there is none. " I knew Hillary Clinton; Hillary Clinton was a friend of mine. Govenor, you're no Hillary Clinton. "
McCain simply isn´t smart. He never lived on own ideas but relied on the ideas of others. New ideas he expects from Palin but she is a pitbull and they are anything but smart.
MY TAKE IS THAT ROVE DEMANDED MC CAIN APPOINT PALIN
WHAT A STAGE OF PUPPETS
When one of our most intelligent and ardent Republican voices says that Sarah P. should be baby sat 24/7 by Henry K. (to be brought up to a modicum of speed on any critical issue facing our nation), then I must sit up and take notice.
Surely, we're not so lock step in our desire to 'win' that we will over look what may be a plain and fundimentally bad choice By Mr. McC.
Could this be true?
Are we even able to hazard the thought? I never suspected that I'd even have to consider this . Still.... it gives one pause.
Experience my foot!
What u selfish republicans have done in the past 10-20 years is what Obama has steadily achieved in the last 4yrs.
Remember, it takes the wisest to learn faster.
No matter how u look at it, Obama/Biden can make a good America
No more war!
I can't take anyone who promotes intelligent design seriously.