Sarah Palin’s latest quote casts doubt on ability to learn from mistakes

Here are a few recent quotes from some notable political figures from around the world. See if you can spot the one who’s not quite ready to play in the big leagues:

  • “The ability to maximise domestic energy reserves and establish home grown energy sources is vital alongside the UK’s ability to pull on every lever internationally in support of energy security.” — British prime minister Gordon Brown
  • “To avoid a repeat of the tragedies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we must devote all of our energy in the pursuit of international peace.” — Japanese prime minister Taro Aso
  • “I’m doing very well after the little incident on Sunday, which has persuaded me to take some rest this summer.” — French president Nicolas Sarkozy, updating his status on his Facebook page
  • “If the closure [of the U.S. detention camp at Guantanamo] is held up by a couple of prisoners, the Netherlands will see what it can do.” — Dutch prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende
  • “I think that gave people of the world a great sense that this country, Australia, could come through those fires, as we have. And Sam the koala was part of the symbolism of that. It’s tragic that Sam the koala is no longer with us.” — Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd
  • “The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society,’ whether they are worthy of health care.” — Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, on her Facebook page

Obama’s death panel?!?

The ability to learn and grow from one’s errors has always been a trait of good leaders.  If Sarah Palin had embarked on a course of self-improvement after her 2008 U.S. vice-presidential campaign — by reining in her impulsiveness, aiming to make Alaska’s state government a model of honesty and accountability, and acting like a person who could be trusted with the levers of power — she might have become a more passable presidential candidate for 2012, though still a flawed one.

By accusing U.S. president Barack Obama of using health care reform legislation to establish “death panels”, however, Palin shows that she has learned little from last year’s mistakes. One year ago, her mercurial personality convinced many voters and pundits alike that she was a poor choice as the person who would take over the American presidency if John McCain couldn’t finish the job.

By quitting the Alaskan governorship only two-thirds of the way into her first term, then wading into a serious public policy debate with a flurry of shrill words, there is no sign that her mercuriality will recede soon.

She might have a future, however, as a radio talk show host or as a talking head on Fox News — two jobs for which she has good qualifications. Not that I plan to tune in to either.

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