Example #2 – Palin / Obama Comparison

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McCain picks his vice-presidential candidate: Sarah Palin.  And it takes no more than a few hours for the attacks to begin.

Relatively unknown, Sarah Palin is the governor of Alaska who, by all accounts, is not only a government reformer, but a all-out conservative on all fronts.  So, what do I read on the Internet today?

Analysis: Palin’s age, inexperience rival Obama’s

Yes, she’s fairly young, and yes she has very little experience on the national stage.  Then again, neither did Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, or Bill Clinton yet all of them were presidents.

Here’s the body of the article:

DENVER – John McCain’s risky choice of Gov. Sarah Palin gives him a running mate who doubles down on his maverick image, may appeal to “hockey moms” and other women, and counters Barack Obama’s aura of new-generation change. But he may have undercut his best attack on the Democrat.

If Obama is an empty suit, as McCain has suggested, is Palin suited for the Oval Office herself?
She is younger and less experienced than the first-term Illinois senator, and brings an ethical shadow to the ticket. A governor for just 20 months, she was two-term mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, a town of 6,500 where the biggest issue is controlling growth and the biggest civic worry is whether there will be enough snow for the Iditarod dog-mushing race.

“On his 72nd birthday, is this really the one-heartbeat-away he wants to put in the White House?” said Rep. Rahm Emanuel, the No. 3 Democrat in the House. “What does this say about his judgment?”

It says that McCain wanted to add a reform-minded politician to his ticket, and an abortion opponent to boot. It says he needs more women to back him over Obama, who just welcomed a passel of Hillary Clinton voters into his fold but remains shaky with white males. And, finally, it’s a recognition of how vulnerable McCain is despite polls showing it’s close.

He put his money down on a darkhorse to try to change the race.

A suburban mother and PTA member who described her fisherman husband as a proud union member and “champion snow machine racer,” Palin brings to the ticket the blue-collar, everyday-American qualities that Sen. Joe Biden brought last week to Obama’s ticket — with a distinctively Alaskan twist.

The pick earned McCain praise Friday from evangelicals and other social conservatives who have been skeptical of him. “Conservatives will be thrilled with this pick,” said Greg Mueller, a conservative GOP strategist.

The price for that support could be high. Palin’s lack of experience undercuts GOP charges that Obama is not ready to be commander in chief. McCain said in April that he was determined to avoid a pick like Dan Quayle, the little-known Indiana senator whom George H.W. Bush put on his ticket in 1988. The choice proved embarrassing.

Quayle “had not been briefed and prepared for some of the questions,” McCain said while discussing his vice presidential search. He was clearly aware that, as a septuagenarian, the decision he made about a running mate would be “of enhanced importance.”
Four months and one birthday later, McCain’s announcement of Palin made clear the paucity of her experience.

“As the head of Alaska’s National Guard and as the mother of a soldier herself,” the statement said, “Gov. Palin understands what it takes to lead our nation and she understands the importance of supporting our troops.”

It is true, as the statement said, that Palin has a record of bipartisan reform. She has a growing reputation as a maverick for bucking her party’s establishment and Alaska’s powerful oil industry. Palin campaigned on ethics reform in the 2006 GOP primary to defeat incumbent Gov. Frank Murkowski, who served 22 years in the U.S. Senate before winning the governor’s seat in 2002.

“She’s exactly who I need,” said McCain, who passed over several more experienced candidates — mostly men. “She’s exactly who this country needs to help me fight the same old Washington politics of `Me first and Washington second.'”

The campaign put out a statement saying what McCain did not: “She is ready to be president.”
She has an ethical issue as well. Alaska lawmakers are investigating whether Palin abused her power in firing a public safety commissioner. Lawmakers say they want to know whether Palin was mad at the commissioner for not firing an Alaska state trooper who went through a messy divorce and ongoing child custody battles with Palin’s sister.

Palin is 44, Obama 47. She served in her statehouse 20 months. Obama served in his statehouse for eight years. Obama and Palin are running less on their resumes than on they are on their promise. The promise of change and new politics.

The difference: Obama wants the top job, Palin the No. 2. But experience is something that matters to all voters — whether Republican, Democratic or independent. And, as McCain has suggested himself, his 72nd birthday is a reminder that age matters, too.

Oh, where do I begin with this?

Yes, she has less government experience than McCain and Biden, however, she has FAR MORE experience than Barak Obama.  She served in the Wasilla City Council from 1992 to 1996, and was mayor of that city from 1996 to 2002.  She then served as the Ethics Commissioner of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission from 2003 to 2004 as a reformer.  She was then elected to the governership in 2006.

As it stands right now, she has more governmental experience than the presidential nominee for the Democrat party, but also MORE EXECUTIVE EXPERIENCE THAN ALL THE CANDIDATES COMBINED.

And she’s the vice-presidental candidate.

Show me where either Joe Biden or Barak Obama challenged people in their own party because of corruption?  Or worked to cut spending?

So when the aforementioned report says:

The price for that support could be high. Palin’s lack of experience undercuts GOP charges that Obama is not ready to be commander in chief. McCain said in April that he was determined to avoid a pick like Dan Quayle, the little-known Indiana senator whom George H.W. Bush put on his ticket in 1988. The choice proved embarrassing.

It’s a load of complete crap.

Dan Quayle, by all accounts, was an extremely intelligent individual.  He proved embarrassing because he was not a good public speaker, and was uncomfortable in the public spotlight; he was a conservative intellectual.  If he was hampered in any ways, it’s because he was hounded by a press whose average IQ measured somewhere near that of a potato(e).

Remember Quayle’s criticism of Murphy Brown, and the out of wedlock birth that was a part of the sitcom storyline?  Hummm…the same type of people criticizing Quayle for his comments about that were also all up in arms because The Cosby Show didn’t portray the realistic family life of most African-Americans. 

At first glance, Sarah Pailn doesn’t suffer from Quayle’s drawbacks, except being hounded by a press who – after all these years – is still populated by drooling idiots.

The next glaring “oddity” can be found in the following statement:

If Obama is an empty suit, as McCain has suggested, is Palin suited for the Oval Office herself?
She is younger and less experienced than the first-term Illinois senator, and brings an ethical shadow to the ticket.

First, Obama’s political career didn’t start until 1996, when Palin already had four years under her belt on the city council.  So, this is another flat-out lie.  And as far as having an “ethical shadow”, what in the hell do you call having long-standing ties to leftist radical domestic terrorists like William Ayers?  Or how about shady deals with the “slum lord” (as Hillary Clinton called him) Tony Rezko?

Oh wait: those things are unimportant when it comes to measuring the worth of Democrats, because they are beyond reproach.  That’s the upside to having no morals to speak of.

Pay no mind to the little man behind the curtain.

But – and I love to point this out – Sarah Palin is the second-stinger, not the presidential candidate.  While she may be an incentive to vote for McCain, the guy leading the ticket is who the average voter is looking at.  So yeah, I’ll take the Republican vice-president’s “lack” of experience over the Democrat presidential candidate’s lack of experience any frickin’ day of the week.  I guess the Democrats haven’t figured out that people aren’t voting for Biden because they assume he’ll tell Barak what to do.

Finally, the last quote:

It says that McCain wanted to add a reform-minded politician to his ticket, and an abortion opponent to boot. It says he needs more women to back him over Obama, who just welcomed a passel of Hillary Clinton voters into his fold but remains shaky with white males. And, finally, it’s a recognition of how vulnerable McCain is despite polls showing it’s close.

He put his money down on a darkhorse to try to change the race.

I’d like to mention at this point that, right after the Democrat convention, the Democrat presidential nominee should be showing a bump in the polls…but that’s not happening (at least the last time I checked).  In fact, it can be argued that while the Democrat convention was going on, Obama slipped slightly in the polls.

Furthermore, even if you casually keep tabs on this kind of stuff, at this point in the campaign season, the Democrat presidential candidate is usually UP some five points over the Republican opponent.  Obama can barely squeak-out a one-point lead.  So, things ain’t lookin’ so great on that side of the fence.

Plus, harkening back to my high school history classes, the last candidate that I remember being labeled as a “dark horse” was this relatively unknown guy from the American frontier named Abraham Lincoln.  And as we all know, he never amounted to much…

At face value – because we know very little about Sarah Palin at this point – this looks to be a good pick on all counts.  She has strong conservative credentials, a history of rolling back government, a track record of fighting corruption (even from people within her own party), and has an accessable blue-collar personality.  She’s also from Alaska – an energy-producing state.  People from Alaska are tough, because Alaska is a tough place.  Somehow, I don’t get the impression that she’s some hothouse flower that an elitist East Coast snob (despite what the dimwit who wrote this article thinks) is going to push around in the debates.  This, however, remains to be seen.

But once again, the media puts out a story that’s wrong on several key points…so as to advance the Democrat candidate.

Typical.

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