Some of the questions that Katha Pollitt writes in the The Nation that’s she’d like to put to Republican’t veep nominee Sarah Palin — if Palin were allowed to speak to the press:

• You say you don’t believe global warming is man-made. Could you tell us what scientists you’ve spoken with or read who have led you to that conclusion?


• If you didn’t try to fire Wasilla librarian Mary Ellen Baker over her refusal to consider censoring books, why did you try to fire her?

• What is the European Union, and how does it function?


• Forty-seven million Americans lack health insurance. John Goodman, who has advised McCain on healthcare, has proposed redefining them as covered because, he says, anyone can get care at an ER. Do you agree with him?

• What is the function of the Federal Reserve?


• Cindy and John McCain say you have experience in foreign affairs because Alaska is next to Russia. When did you last speak with Prime Minister Putin, and what did you talk about?

• Approximately how old is the earth? Five thousand years? 10,000? 5 billion?

• Balancing the Bush tax cuts plus new ones proposed by McCain would most likely mean cutting Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security. Which would you cut?

• You’re suing the federal government to have polar bears removed from the endangered species list, even as Alaska’s northern coastal ice is melting and falling into the sea. Can you explain the science behind your decision?


• You’ve suggested that God approves of the Iraq War and the Alaska pipeline. How do you know?