So the latest Democrat tactic is to attack Sarah Palin’s experience in office. We’ll I’ve kind of touched on that in a previous post, Why Conservatives Claim “Media Bias”, Example #2. To be honest, the swiftness of the attack, and the coordination even took me a little by surprise. I figured it would take a day or so before they started hammering away at a relative unknown the national stage.
Then again, attacking people, using outright lies, and distortion is what Democrats and liberals do best. So I guess I shouldn’t have been so taken off-guard.
However, going after Sarah Palin’s experience, and the whole “a heartbeat away from the presidency” crap is picking the wrong frickin’ scab in my humble opinion. In fact, they might be shooting themselves in the foot if they continue this up to the Presidential Debates.
The whole point of going after McCain’s VP pick is designed to do two things: soften the blow of him picking (who looks at first blush to be) a conservative candidate for the vice-presidential position, and to deflect attention away from Barak Obama’s utter lack of experience whatsoever. McCain’s weakness is the fact that he’s screwed the party base in tha past; the die-hard conservatives like me. I can say, in my case, his selection of Palin – who touts a record of cutting government waste and spending – tells me that he might actually be serious about tackling out-of-control spending. And I’m not the only one saying this.
Now mind you, I’m not a guy who makes governmental experience an issue when it comes to any election. There is nothing in the Constitution that makes previous experience in elected office a prerequisite for either the office of the President or Vice-president. I also make the assumption that the Founding Fathers knew what they were doing when they wrote the Constitution. So the “experience” argument with me doesn’t wash.
But a lot of people use this as a criterion.
Ok, I’ll play that game. Let’s take some of the criticisms that the Democrats are using to deflect the spotlight away from Obama’s lack of experience.
Palin has less experience than Obama. This is, in fact, a lie. Palin has just as much, if not more, time in elected office than Obama. Palin’s political career started in 1992, Obama’s in 1996.
Palin has no foreign policy experience. First, that’s an outright lie. The state of Alaska, of which Sarah Palin is the governor, is bordered by Canada to the east, and Russia is a few miles off her northwestern shores. Also being from a border state, I can tell you from first-hand knowledge that governors of these states have to deal with foreign border- nations all the time. Obama, the Democrat presidential candidate, has NO experience foreign policy whatsoever; with the exception of going over to Europe and trashing the US because not a lot of us know how to speak French (aside of muttering a few sexy-sounding words, and looking at other Americans in contempt, which is close enough). Biden, being the foreign policy “genius” of the Democrat ticket, has quite a bit. In fact, he’s so good at foreign policy, he was able to predict that the Surge in Iraq was a “failure”.
Please. On foreign policy, the Democrats are barely treading water.
But that’s not the kicker. Remember Bill Clinton? You know: Bill Clinton, the greatest president of all time, according to Democrats? The guy who had such a successful presidency before the “dolt” Bush came into office and “messed everything up?”
You know how much foreign policy Bill Clinton had when he ran for President of the United States? None…that’s how much. In fact, as the veep candidate, Sarah Palin has more foreign policy experience than both Bill Clinton and Al Gore combined when they ran for the nations top two spots. The same is true for Jimmy Carter.
She has no military experience. Aside from being the person in charge of Alaska’s National Guard, this criticism would be correct. Then again, Bill Clinton – again – used the fact that he was the Commander-In-Chief of Arkansas National Guard as part of his qualifications for the presidency. Once again, given how often they drag out Bill Clinton and lecture the rest of us how great a president he was, making this a big issues isn’t real bright. Then again, Obama and Biden have no military experience: zilch, zero, nada.
She has very little experience in high elected office. While this is true to some extent, it should be noted that she has about as much experience in high elected office (read: national) than the presidential candidate on the Democrat ticket.
But hey, we want to talk about experience? They want to make experience the issue? Sarah Palin is the only one out of the four candidates that has any private-sector experience. None of these people, except her, have actually had to work for a living. You know: real work, not that pseudo-work crap that politicians are always saying they’re doing.
Furthermore, she has more experience in an executive capacity than McCain, Obama, and Biden combined.
Were I John McCain, I would be begging the Democrats to make Palin’s experience the issue, especially her foreign policy credentials. Because all it does is point out what startling hypocrites they are, especially when it comes to the last two Democrat presidents that held office.
It also illustrates just how lacking in these areas the headliner on the Democrat side really is. Sure, compare the Republican VP to their presidential pick. Let’s have this debate!
We’ll see how this all plays out as the election drama unfolds. I suspect, however, this is a headlong run off a cliff.
Maybe Obama and Biden should just recite the lines, “Wile E. Coyote, SUPER-GENIUS!”