What is prudence? It is the ability to grasp the unique pattern of a specific situation. It is the ability to absorb the vast flow of information and still discern the essential current of events — the things that go together and the things that will never go together. It is the ability to engage in complex deliberations and feel which arguments have the most weight.
He goes on to say...
Sarah Palin has many virtues. If you wanted someone to destroy a corrupt establishment, she’d be your woman. But the constructive act of governance is another matter. She has not been engaged in national issues, does not have a repertoire of historic patterns and, like President Bush, she seems to compensate for her lack of experience with brashness and excessive decisiveness.
Democrats, and Libertarians who are afraid of Sarah Palin Vice-Presidency (or some would say Presidency), should read David's op-ed carefully. I agree with Brooks' argument that Palin is indeed less than qualified for the office because she lacks the requisite experience or prudence. The problem is, out of all the outstanding candidates presented to them, the Democrats of United States have selected Obama as their standard bearer, Obama who could just as easily be criticized for lack of prudence born out of experience. If one were to follow Brooks' line of reasoning, one would conclude that Obama is equally unqualified for the office of Presidency. For all its merits, Brooks argument carefully lays a trap for the Democrats that one needs to be wary of.
Despite the emotional urge to castigate Palin, railling against Palin is absolutely the wrong strategy for the democrats, a strategy that will only help Democrats loose the election. This election is not about Palin, but about the sorry state of the US economy, the war that is draining the country of precious resources, our children whose futures are being held to ransom by ideological motivations, the state of US manufacturing which seems to have reached its nadir with the US auto industry on its knees, the state of US competitiveness in service industry where high value added industry is being moved abroad in the name of efficiency. With so many issues, and with an abysmal record of Republican governance of last seven years, to focus on Palin is to take the eye off the ball.
Palin is the Republican choice for VP and she is here to stay. To attack her today is to make her into tomorrow's story. The winning strategy for Democrats is to focus on the economy and the last seven years record of Republicans, and not to focus on Palin and her record as the Mayor of Wasilla.