Reading about Tzipi Livni, the woman who looks likely to become the next Israeli Prime Minister, makes me cringe for Sarah Palin.
The former Mossad spy, Livni, has earned her stripes and is the front runner in the political contest because people think she could run a country, not just win the votes to: Some American's will be shocked to learn that there is a difference.
Her reputation isn't based on her image and her publicity shots, she's known as a sharp analytical brain.
When you compare the two women the contrast is stark.
Palin's there to pull in the votes, and then sit down and shut up: With such limited political experience how is she going to make herself heard in the big debates?
On the other hand, Livni is a fascinating character.
Whether her past as a member of a state organisation which carried out political assassinations would compromise her in the role of Israeli PM is a moot point, but her credibility cannot be called into question.
Regardless of whether Livni is the right person for the premiership, she's at least in the race for right reason in the first place.
Which explains why she's running for Prime Minister when Palin is settling for second best.