August 30, 2008

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Good God, the Republican Party takes the second highest office in the land very seriously, don't they? First, they play the experience standard with Obama and then seem surprised that we would question it with the choice of the political neophyte Sarah Palin. She has LOTS of executive experience, Cindy McCain would like you to know. After all, she was President of the PTA...and then mayor and then governor. My gosh, what more do you need?

From Wikipedia (I know about its credibility, but Palin's scrubbers have made sure that it's very positive, so if anything, it's giving her more credit)

In 2006, Palin was sworn in as the 11th governor of Alaska, becoming the first woman and youngest person to hold the office. She defeated incumbent governor Frank Murkowski in the Republican primary and former Democratic governor Tony Knowles in the general election. Palin served two terms on the Wasilla, Alaska, city council from 1992 to 1996, then served two terms as mayor of Wasilla from 1996 to 2002. After an unsuccessful campaign for lieutenant governor of Alaska in 2002, she chaired the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission from 2003 to 2004 while also serving as Ethics Supervisor of the commission.

Yeah, that's a whopper of a resume: four years on city council, six years as Mayor, one year as an oil commissioner and 18 months as Governor. How silly of us to not see it. Far be it for me to mention that she couldn't pass 18 months as Governor without triggering an abuse of position investigation, something that also plagued her years as mayor of Wasilla, population 6,715.

But then Cindy really goes off the deep end and channels that deep thinker, FOX & Friends Steve Doocy, and touts Alaska's physical proximity to Russia as evidence that she understands the world scene.

And, also, remember, Alaska is the closest part of our continent to Russia. So it's not as if she doesn't understand what's at stake here.

*Double take* Huh???? I guess for the wife of the man who doesn't remember that there is no shared border between Iraq and Pakistan, this would seem logical. Please tell me that there aren't that many low information voters that buy that line.

transcripts below the fold

STEPHANOPOULOS: You know what Democrats are saying. It's a desperate choice. She's just not ready to serve as commander-in-chief.

C. MCCAIN: No, no, no. I completely disagree, and I know my husband does, too. She is heavily experienced in what she has done.

She was -- she started out like everybody else -- a member of the PTA, small government at home, then a mayor, now the governor. She comes with the kind of experience behind her. And also, I might add, a son who is about to deploy to Iraq. She comes with say more experience than...

STEPHANOPOULOS: What did you tell her about that? Because, of course, you have a son...

C. MCCAIN: Yes, I did.

STEPHANOPOULOS: ... serving.

C. MCCAIN: I did. I asked her, you know, how do you feel about this? Are you -- you know, this is two things you have to do, is not only possibly be a vice presidential candidate, but also, you know, listen, to worry about your son. And she looked me square in the eye and she said, "You know something? I'm a mother. I can do it."

STEPHANOPOULOS: But she has no national security experience.

C. MCCAIN: You know, she -- the experience that she comes from is with what she's done in the government.

And, also, remember, Alaska is the closest part of our continent to Russia. So it's not as if she doesn't understand what's at stake here.

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