Ben Stein: I don't think she has said a word in her whole life about the national economy -- which contributes to making this one of the oddest choices in the history of presidential politics. I think this may go down as the most peculiar Vice Presidential choice there's ever been.
Ben Stein: Look they were selling themselves as the team and ticket of experience -- that's out the window. They're selling themselves as the ticket of steady habits -- that's out the window. They're selling themselves as the ticket of people who are ready to deal with America in a foreign policy crisis -- that's out the window. What we have now is back to what you might call fundamentalist, born-again backwoods values of the United States of America. That's fine. I love those values. I'm all for them. I believe in intelligent design and I'm probably the only person to be on CNN who believes in that, but let us be fair about this. She's a very different person from what John McCain was advertising himself as and in terms of the economy, as far as I know, she has absolutely zero background in it. She's got to have around her some very very smart people telling her the basics of the economy, telling her the basics of foreign policy; night and day. She's going to have to be like that business in the Superman movie where the little Superman baby was traveling through space and they're giving him a tape of all the knowledge in the world for him to absorb. She's going to have to have people like Martin Feldstein from Harvard, probably the best Republican economist in America, around her every second drilling into her head what she's got to know. She should have Henry Kissinger babysitting her.