The experience debate

McCain hadn’t even officially announced Governor Palin as his running mate and the Democrats were already very well acquainted with the talking points. The rejoiced with glee in claiming that the “experience issue is off of the table.” It seems that Democrats like to take issues off of the table rather than address them but I digress.
The Dems think that Palin’s nomination means that Republicans can’t point at Barack Obama and say that he isn’t qualified to be president anymore. For the sake of argument, what if I were to concede that Palin and Obama both lack the experience necessary to be president? Does it not matter that Palin would be getting her on-the-job training as V.P. and Obama as the President? Yes, she’d be a heartbeat from the presidency but Obama would be the president.
But here’s the thing, I don’t concede that Obama and Palin are equal on the experience issue. There’s a great read by Gerard Baker at RealClearPolitics about the vast differences in experience between these two. Some highlights:

Obama: Worked his way to the top by cultivating, pandering to and stroking the most powerful interest groups in the all-pervasive Chicago political machine, ensuring his views were aligned with the power brokers there.
Palin: Worked her way to the top by challenging, attacking and actively undermining the Republican party establishment in her native Alaska. She ran against incumbent Republicans as a candidate willing and able to clean the Augean Stables of her state’s government.
Obama: A classic, if unusually talented, greasy-pole climber. Held a succession of jobs that constitute the standard route to the top in his party’s internal politics: “community organizer”, law professor, state senator.
Palin:A woman with a wide range of interests in a well-variegated life. Held a succession of jobs – sports journalist, commercial fisherwoman, state oil and gas commissioner, before entering local politics. A resume that suggests something other than burning political ambition from the cradle but rather the sort of experience that enables her to understand the concerns of most Americans.
Obama: Elected to statewide office only after a disastrous first run for a congressional seat and after his Republican opponent was exposed in a sexual scandal. Won seat eventually in contest against a candidate who didn’t even live in the state.
Palin: Elected to statewide office by challenging a long-serving Republican incumbent governor despite intense opposition from the party.

10 thoughts on “The experience debate”

  1. Palin has more executive experience than Mullah Obama and Uncle Joe Bin Biden together…
    As for Biden’s foreign policy credentials, let’s see: in favor of overthrowing the Shah, against the Reagan defense buildup, opposed the Contras & pro US govenment aid in Central America, opposed the 1st Gulf War, wanted outreach to the Mullahs in Tehran, in favor of a partition of Iraq, wrong on Pakistan, in favor of a dialogue with Raul and now we know in favor of letting Iran have nukes????
    Palin, CIC of the Alaska Natl Guard, visited troops in Kuwait, visited the military hospital in Germany (which Barry didn’t have time for!), leader of the missile defense shield program, with joint access to federal intelligence reports, etc.

  2. How dare you use logic? I mean, come on, we all know McCain is going to die the moment he is sworn in and we are going to have this governor of a state with just 5 people in it running the country. Obama has way more experience. He just took a trip through Europe and saw how those countries run and he has spent the last 3 years in the Senate listening to people talk about government. What more experience do you want?

  3. I’m sorry but Barry O.’s only experience has been to run for president. He has no real political accomplishments. My party eats its own and they had Hillary for breakfast lunch and dinner.

  4. Snchpnz,
    Please don’t come to this blog to insult our collective intelligence with your stupid ass, liberal, imbecilic views.
    Please go and shove your views up your ass (the deeper the better, I don’t care if it hurts).
    Definitely don’t need your stupidity here.
    Hasta la vista compadre…get the fuck out of here!
    Today I’m not in the mood for liberal assholes stupid views like yours.
    Go someplace else with your views (may I suggest DailyKos.Com as a starting place) but not here, please, the quota for assholes entries is filled for the week.
    Get lost!!!

  5. OK Henry I got you,
    I hope you’re right as today I’m not in the mood for liberals views.
    We have bigger fish to fry with New Orleans and their people’s safety.

  6. Sorry Snchpnz,
    Keep the sarcasm coming, got you wrong for a minute.
    Sorry, today I’m not in a good mood for a number of reasons as I already had to deal earlier with the views of some liberals friends that did not please me at all.

  7. I’m so pissed off that all of the sudden the whole world knows that Palin’s daughter is pregnant and getting married, but ask anyone on the street who Mr. Ayers is and how he’s related to Obama and they stare at you like you’ve just tried speaking to them in some extra-terrestial language.
    Already this morning there’s a whole group in the office talking about Bristol and her future baby, like it were Brangelina. Crap like that just gets under my skin and all I want to do is slap somebody out of their idiocy.

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