Bush 41 Secretary of State and John McCain supporter Lawrence Eagleburger answered “of course not” when asked if Palin would be ready to step in should there be a crisis.
“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.”
McCain’s reaction when told of Eagleburger’s comments were, “Larry has never had a chance to meet Sarah.”