Presidential qualifications: the Palin Pick

John McCain has shown his true colors (lack of judgment): picking a person for his running mate who is in every way the embodiment of inexperience.

A vice-president is “one heartbeat away from the presidency.”  John McCain is not only 72 years old (today) and several-time cancer survivor, he has shown signs of senility.  The last person we need at the helm is a person with just 20 months of experience as Governor of a state with only 670,000 residents.

Before that she was mayor of Wasila, Alaska, a town with only 6,500 residents, where, as right-leaning pundit Ron Fournier says, “the biggest issue is controlling growth and the biggest annual worry is whether there will be enough snow for the Iditarod dog-mushing race.”

Did McCain pick Palin in a Hail Mary pass to attract Clinton supporters? Or evangelical pro-life creationists?

TrapperJohn at DailyKos notes:

Palin lacks any foreign policy experience, and is bereft of even the two core areas of policy expertise that governors are supposed to bring to a ticket — ag policy (Alaska doesn’t have much in the way of traditional agriculture) and urban affairs (the biggest city Anchorage is the 65th largest city in the US, behind such giants as Corpus Christi).

Palin describes herself as “just your average hockey mom.” And how, pray tell, does that experience qualify her for what could easily become the presidency???

We are still reeling from two terms of a cowboy/frat-boy president. God save us.

At some later date we’ll discuss the corrupt Republican Party in Alaska, of which she is a part (and has her own “Troopergate” scandal going). And the whole oil bidness.

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5 responses to “Presidential qualifications: the Palin Pick

  1. Her experience is quite similar to Obama’s, with the exception that as a governor she has Executive Leadership experience.
    We can’t really attack her on experience without having to point out the very same thing about Obama. Not to ruffle any feathers, but I really would like to hear something from the democrats of substance. Change doesn’t mean anything unless you tell us what the change is, let me tell, you telling me you are going to raise taxes and create a bunch of socialist programs that I will have to foot the bill for does not excite me. Does not anyone remember the Carter years? Isn’t 30% of your hard earned labor going to the Government enough? Don’t forget the taxes we pay for our homes, our cars, everything you buy is taxed.

  2. Thanks for commenting Willis.

    1. Experience. Obama has a law degree. He has served both in the Illinois legislature and in the U.S. Senate where he has served on the Foreign Affairs Committee and as such must be knowledgeable about other countries. He also serves on the Homeland Security committee. Has Sarah Palin even traveled outside the US?

    2. We’ve been living with Republican policies for 8 years. Are you better off today than you were in 2000?.

    3. Taxes. Are you aware how much of your current tax dollars goes to fund military spending, including the mess your president created in Iraq?? 40%! Only 4% to education.

    IRMC (I rest my case.)

  3. What I resent most about this choice is the apparent Republican assumption that the women of America won’t be able to tell the difference between Hillary and Sarah: which does fit in with the right wing mind set of all females being interchangeable Barbie dolls.
    What makes me giggle (even though I remain appalled) is the notion of those same right wing males suddenly having to pretend to be wildly enthusiastic about having a woman on their platform.
    And I wonder why Willis skips past Clinton years to go back to Carter? Does he really think himself better off now than he was 8 years ago?

  4. As for substance: I really don’t want as VP someone who thinks that creationism should be taught along with the theory of evolution in science classes. Makes her not very smart in my book. And I don’t want another anti-abortion person in power. Obama talks about the need to find common ground, to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies, not force every woman to bear to term regardless of her circumstances.

  5. So far, the response of women to the Palin Pick has been luke-warm. Some are disgusted by the thoughtless choice of someone so devoid of national and international experience (or interest!) – choosing a hot chick, when there are other more qualified Republican women out there. If it’s all about being a woman.

    I say it’s a stunning lack of judgment.