Raw, adjective: 6. ignorant, inexperienced, or untrained: a raw recruit.

If you've not yet hit your critical Palin limit, here's another article you should read.  

Sam Harris hits on all the biggies: theocracy and scary biblical literalism, ignorance and undue confidence, double standards and ill qualifications.  Here's (to my mind) one of his strongest points:
Ask yourself: how has "elitism" become a bad word in American politics? There is simply no other walk of life in which extraordinary talent and rigorous training are denigrated. We want elite pilots to fly our planes, elite troops to undertake our most critical missions, elite athletes to represent us in competition and elite scientists to devote the most productive years of their lives to curing our diseases. And yet, when it comes time to vest people with even greater responsibilities, we consider it a virtue to shun any and all standards of excellence. When it comes to choosing the people whose thoughts and actions will decide the fates of millions, then we suddenly want someone just like us, someone fit to have a beer with, someone down-to-earth—in fact, almost anyone, provided that he or she doesn't seem too intelligent or well educated.
Never thought I'd be one to defend elitism, but: yeah.  I don't want a president I can have a beer with - I want someone who knows a helluva lot more than I do, who intimidates me intellectually, who could stomp all over my sorry foreign policy knowledge!  

I really can't believe the extraordinary degree to which Palin's selection has transformed this campaign.  The mess of gender politics and red state religious crap spinning up through the atmosphere blows my mind.  I just don't know where to start.

When Atheists Attack (Newsweek)


Anonymous said…
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