Palin Has CEO Experience?? GAG.

Let’s put this “Palin has more experience than Obama and Biden because she was CEO of a state” argument to rest once and for all.

There is a large corporation worth billions that is facing troubled waters and in need of a CEO and you have two candidates in front of you.

Candidate X is the owner of a flower shop that garners a little over half a million in annual revenue.

Candidate Y was a successful executive manager in the corporation and other corporations in the same field as the one in need of a CEO.

Sure, the owner of the flower shop has been a CEO and in charge of running an entire operation. But Candidate Y, though just a manager, has the EXACT experience needed to lead the large corporation in its extremely competitive field. Which would you pick? Jack Welch, Carly Fiorina, who would you choose?

Now, if anyone actually thinks Palin has better experience than either Obama or Biden, that speaks to their individual judgment and credibility. And the fact that they are comfortable telling untruths as any remotely informed person clearly knows Palin’s experience pales in comparison to either member of the Democratic ticket. None of those people actually believe the words that are coming out of their own mouths. I expect nothing less from Republicans, but the lies are becoming old and stale and are as unconvincing the 1000th time they’re uttered as the first time.


11 Responses to “Palin Has CEO Experience?? GAG.”

  1. 1 Chris Treadaway
    September 2, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    A better analogy is that the VPs are more like Chief Operating Officers. Totally irrelevant unless something really bad happens to the CEO. Paraphrasing the great Will Rogers, “All a Vice President has to do is get up every morning and ask ‘how’s the president today?'”

    Palin causes the Dems a few problems:
    1) Democrats cannot win by talking about how inexperienced Palin is because Obama is at minimum on par with her. And what is worse? An inexperienced CEO or an inexperienced COO? The Dems had better be really careful on this one.
    2) Biden can’t strongarm Palin in the debates. If he does, you can kiss a lot of undecided female voters goodbye.
    3) The novelty of an Obama Presidency is muted somewhat by the fact that a Republican victory means that we’re getting our first woman veep ever.

    Palin wouldn’t have been my choice. I’d have gone with Kay Bailey Hutchinson or Meg Whitman. But she’s problematic for the Democrats who may very well underestimate her to their peril.


  2. September 2, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    Hey, Chris! Hope everything is going well with you!

    -obama and biden won’t touch her experience. it’ll be too easy to trump her on the issues – she thinks creationism should be taught in schools, for chrissakes.
    -biden will hold back and won’t strong arm her. she can’t stand up the field of boys the way hillary could, so he’ll hold back. it won’t matter in any case because the vp debate makes little to no difference when it comes to voter turnout.
    -conscientious women voters will not be convinced by the fact that this vp has a uterus. she’s still anti-woman on almost every legislative agenda. and so is mccain.

    the repubs have to be very careful because in recent history, incumbent parties are not re-elected when the economy is in the dumps.

    mccain picked a vp that satiates the evangelical base’s cry for attention, but will not attract independent voters and doesn’t have the get-off-the-couch-and-vote factor the way gay marriage bans did in 2004. he gets no benefit from her other than she took some attention away from obama, but she’s taking the attention away from mccain, too. loser of a decision. i agree with you on kay bailey.

    in a couple of weeks, i don’t even think palin will be an issue. it’ll be mccain vs. obama. unless palin drops out and he chooses lieberman or romney. then we’ll have something to talk about.

  3. 3 Wasaff
    September 2, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    There is no question that Obama is more qualified… 8 years as a state senator, and 2 years as a US senator… Harvard law GRADUATE and professor… community organizer of crappy neighborhoods in one of our country’s kargest cities…

    Chris, if you REALLY think being the mayor of Wasilla, being on a city council, being governor of a barely populated state,member of the PTA and a sportscaster (communications major at that) qualifies her as president or VP, you are disillusioned my friend.

    I dont understand why his presidency would be muted cuz the Repubs want to hang a possible woman VP in front of us??? doesn’t make sense to me dude, thats a bit backwards… they are both novel concepts, and will both be praised the same.

    besides that your #2 concern is valid…

  4. 4 Chris
    September 2, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    I didn’t say Palin was more qualified. I said their qualifications were similar. Obama is very green on the national stage. Spending 4 years in the Senate and “no voting” more than half the time doesn’t make you ready for the international stage. Nor does insisting that you are a leader or speaking to throngs of people in foreign countries.

    Every Dem I talk to feels like this election is already over. Obama’s hubris spreads across his enthusiastic followers. Sadly for him, he needs the support of the undecided. Humility will go a long way. The question is — can Obama humble himself enough to win. The jury’s still out.

  5. September 2, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    They’re qualifications are far from similar. Being a mayor from a small town in Alaska and then being governor of a state with only 700,000 people for a short time doesn’t compare to traversing the waters of Illinois politics and being on the national stage for four years. He traveled to Russia with Lugar to help stop the proliferation of nuclear weapons and has already met with a number of world leaders and has a clear comprehension of global politics. Sarah Palin has been out of the country one or two times.

    Now, I’m not drinking the Obama kook-aid. His VISA vote was a pander that really pissed me off, he is a bit greener than other Democrat choices, he’s against gay-marriage and he plays politics with all of this faith BS. All this Hope and Change crap could easily evaporate as soon as he’s sworn in. My vote may still go independent.

    But Palin is an amateur. Her VP position is a political pander that won’t work in the end. McCain showed a clear lack of judgment by naming her after meeting with her once? twice? And that speaks volumes. I certainly would feel comfortable with almost any other Republican at the helm of the country than her.

    AND, I secretly think the election is over, but I cerebrally acknowledge that anything could happen. Still, the Republicans secretly admit they are extremely disappointed with the next eight years and aren’t ecstatic with McCain, they just can’t bring themselves to vote Democrat because of lifelong party-entrenchment – which is rampant on both sides – and because of their false belief that Republicans represent limited government; they do not.

    The question is who has the most motivated voters. You have to convince Americans to get off their couch and go out of their way and vote. And Americans do not like to do that in large numbers. So, who gets that off-the-couch vote? Right now, not McCain.

  6. 6 Chris
    September 2, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    you aren’t drinking the kool-aid? your tongue is red and you are drunk. 😉

    Palin isn’t an amateur. She has more executive experience than Obama and Biden put together. She’s started companies and she’s run a large state. She has more constituents than Joe Biden has ever had!

    But it’s a moot point… arguing with people who have already made up their mind. The battleground is the undecided voter, and those folks are a lot more concerned about Obama than you think. Having 85k Democratic party zealots isn’t exactly getting folks in the middle excited.

    This election is far from over. And if Obama is as confident as you are, he’ll lose.

  7. September 3, 2008 at 10:03 am

    You’re right, Chris. No point in arguing with people who have already made up their mind. And those who aren’t looking at the facts, thinking Palin’s “executive” experience qualifies her more for the highest office in the land than Biden and Obama, have already made up their mind. I’ve done plenty or research on all three. Remember, if Palin attempted to run for president this election, she wouldn’t get a second glance. Obama and Biden have both done so credibly. So did Romney. Karl Rove even said Tim Kaine wasn’t qualified to be VP because he was only a governor and before that mayor of a “small town” which happened to be Richmond, Virginia – much bigger that Wasilla. But Palin’s good to go?? It’s a joke.

    Talk about drinking kool-aid. At least I can look at the facts and make an honest assessment of the situation.

    I wouldn’t say what I think is blind confidence – on a politically scientific level the signs are pointing to an Obama victory. Historical factors, faced with the mood of the country and the need for parties to galvanize their voters all point toward a Democratic president – even if it was Hillary who won the party nomination. And Romney on the Repub side. Plus, Obama’s running a much better campaign – down to the grass roots level – than McCain.

    However, if Obama is a “confident” as I am, it would be bad news for him. The candidates have to fight for it like it’s life or death and convince voters to do that same.

  8. 8 Wasaff
    September 3, 2008 at 10:55 am

    Running a fishing business and a sporting goods store is not executive experience dude…

  9. September 3, 2008 at 11:14 am

    haha, you said dude. lebowski.

  10. 10 Wasaff
    September 3, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    “Fortunately, I’m adhering to a very strict drug regimen to keep my mind limber…”

    “I’m the Dude. So that’s what you call me. That or His Dudeness… Duder… or El Duderino, if, you know, you’re not into the whole brevity thing…”

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