It is a joke when Republicans claim Sarah Palin has more experience than Barack Obama.
Sarah Palin has been governor of a state with less than 700,000 people for less than two years. Before that, she was mayor of a town with just over 5,000 inhabitants. All of the Congressional districs in California have more people than Alaska. New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Phoenix, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Diego, San Jose, Detroit, Jacksonville, Indianapolis, San Francisco, Columbus and Austin all have bigger populations than Alaska. Fort Worth, where I live, probably has the same amount of people as Alaska and we consider ourselves a fairly small metropolis.
Also, Illinois is a much more diverse and dynamic state and being a state senator from Chicago is nothing to sniff at in the least. Obama has traveled the globe, met with world heads of state, visited Iraq, formed relations with many of the military’s important leaders, understands Washington much better than Palin and easily has much deeper background in the issues facing a president than Palin.
Simply because Palin has been the “CEO” of a state is like offering up Palin’s grape to compare to Obama’s watermelon and say they’re the same weight. When Conservatives and Republicans make this claim, they are lying – which is odd since they should know that baby jesus is listening and lying is a SIN.
In any case, Obama-Palin is the wrong comparison to make when assessing McCain’s judgment regarding his VP pick. The correct comparison is of Palin against Mitt Romney, Joe Lieberman, Charlie Crist, Tom Ridge, Tim Pawlenty, Lindsay Graham, Kay Bailey Hutchison or a 100 other more-qualified Conservative Republicans who would make immeasurably better presidents than Palin.
Should Pawlenty or Crist or Jeb Bush or any of the other leading Repubs announce they are considering running for president, they would easily be taken seriously. Palin would be laughed out of the room. And yet, McCain thinks she should be president should he be unable to filfull his term in office. How fucking hysterical!
McCain had only met Palin once, only spoken to her once before offering her the position – so it is clear he was not picking a VP based on the quality of his relationship with the person.
McCain in no way believes Palin more qualified than the other candidates on his VP shortlist – so it is clear he was not picking his VP based on their ability to be president.
So McCain picked a VP he thought could help him win. And what a gamble.
More specifically, it is a cheap political pander that will not help him win any votes he would not have gotten already. She soothes the conservative base, but they never would have voted for Obama anyway. She will not attract independent women or Hillary voters with her anti-woman, anti-family policies. She will not turn the tide in any of the swing states like Michigan and Pennsylvania and Florida and Ohio the way Romney or Pawlenty could have.
This move is a desperate overreaction to the lack of success or traction McCain has on any of the issues that will determine votes this election. The strategy is cheap, pathetic, insulting, stupid and, most importantly, losing. What a moron.
So, the question is not whether Palin is more qualified to be president than Obama – and it’s unanimous among honest, intelligent people that she isn’t; even Palin doesn’t think she is, as indicated when she said she’s just a hockey mom from Alaska, so the chances of McCain asking her to be his running mate are slim to none. The real question is whether she’s more qualified than any of the other reasonable candidates for Republican Vice President. Even I would vote for any of them before I would vote for her. Easily (well, maybe not Portman. it would be close.).