Friday, August 29, 2008

Governor Palin

I'll start this by admitting I was less than thrilled with McCain's pick for VP. I like Governor Palin almost as much as I like Jindal, but she just doesn't have the experience to be President. That's an issue that has to be especially important given that McCain would be the oldest person ever to enter the office.

But, having said that, Obama's attacks on her experience are badly misplaced. On a scale from 0 to 10 where somebody with no experience with foreign policy, poor knowledge of history, and who has never run anything but a campaign is a 0 and somebody like Romney who has run an international business and been governor of a major state is a 10, Palin is maybe a 2. She runs a state that may not be populous, but borders on Canada. She's only been governor for 2 years, but she's done much to clean up the state in that time. I would have preferred Romney, but Obama is a 0. He has never dealt with foreign policy matters, frequently makes blatantly inaccurate historical references (such as FDR's phantom meeting with our enemies in WWII or the bomb that was dropped on Pearl Harbor), and has never run anything of substance. He's been a US Senator for 4 years, though most of that time he's spent campaigning for President instead, and he was a state senator, but he mainly voted "present". And he's not the vice presidential nominee.

1 comment:

Chris said...

quote from the McCain camp after Obama attacking for lack of experience:
"Governor Palin has spent her time in office shaking up government in Alaska and actually achieving results -- whether it’s taking on corruption, (clip) Senator Obama has spent his time in office running for President."