Former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger has endorsed John McCain. McCain cites Eagleburger when defending against Colin Powell’s endorsement of Barack Obama and Powell’s critique of Sarah Palin. But yesterday on NPR, Eagleburger went off the reservation and told some truth about Sarah Palin (listen here):
Asked Thursday on National Public Radio if he thought Palin would be ready to take over in a crisis, Eagleburger said, "Of course not."
"I don’t think at the moment she is prepared to take over the brains of the presidency. I can name for you any number of other vice presidents who were not particularly up to it, either," Eagleburger said.
"So the question I think is, can she learn and would she be tough enough under the circumstances if she were asked to become president? Heaven forbid that that ever takes place," he said. "Give her some time in the office and I think the answer would be, she will be adequate. I can’t say that she would be a genius in the job, but I think she would be enough to get us through a four-year — well, I hope not. … Get us through whatever period of time was necessary, and I devoutly hope that it would never be tested."
Today, Eagleburger went on Fox News to apologize for his momentary lapse into honesty. Clearly, the McCain campaign took him out to the woodshed. Watch this sad spectacle of a guy who was once America’s top diplomat grovel:
Eagleburger’s performance today was on par with another such retraction: