Let’s define ‘foreign policy’

LET’S DEFINE ‘FOREIGN POLICY’…. During the 2000 campaign, George W. Bush would occasionally claim to have foreign policy experience, by virtue of the fact that his adopted-home state of Texas bordered Mexico. Four years later, Howard Dean half-heartedly tried the same thing, reminding people about Vermont-Canadian relations.

With that in mind, I guess it shouldn’t come as too big a surprise that Republicans now want to claim that Sarah Palin has foreign policy experience, thanks to Alaska’s proximity to Russia.

Earlier, Kevin joked, “Isn’t Alaska a central front in the new Cold War? That’s foreign policy experience right there!” Proving once again how difficult satire is in an age of Fox News, this video shows Steve Doocy making the identical argument, only he was serious.

“[T]he other thing about her, she does know about international relations because she is right up there in Alaska right next door to Russia,” Doocy said.

Note to Fox News: proximity to a foreign country has nothing to do with “knowing about international relations.”

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.