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Matt Litman: Does Sarah Palin Know Any Jews?

The Alaska Jewish population is 3,425. 3,425. There are more Jews at Zabar’s this morning than live in Alaska. Let me ask you a question: how many of those Jewish people in Alaska do you think Sarah Palin has met, … Read More

By / October 6, 2008

The Alaska Jewish population is 3,425. 3,425. There are more Jews at Zabar’s this morning than live in Alaska. Let me ask you a question: how many of those Jewish people in Alaska do you think Sarah Palin has met, talked to, encountered?

You can tell me that Sarah Palin has met other Jews in her travels, but she has not traveled. Not only has she hardly traveled abroad, even though she can see Russia from her window, but she has hardly traveled domestically.

One of the reasons Sarah Palin is so frightening is because her frame of reference appears to be so narrow. It would be one thing if she worked in Alaska but traveled extensively to get to know the country or the world. But she has chosen not to – which is her choice, and I respect it. Except for the fact that she wants to possibly run the country, and I am a citizen of this country, and Sarah Palin does not know people who share my background.

Another reason Palin is so scary is because not only has she not traveled, but she does not seem in the least bit curious. She may or may not read; it’s hard to get a straight answer from her. She only seems to read back what’s written for her, so it’s hard to tell what she really thinks or really knows. If you’re from a small state, far from the rest of the country, and you hardly read or travel, does that seem like a person you’d want representing you in the White House? Or does that seem like someone who, I don’t know, should educate themselves in America before they try to represent America?

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