Monday, September 1, 2008

Advantage McCain

How upsetting is the Sarah Palin selection for Democrats? Very.

Democrats, between sniggers of derision and snorts of disgust, contend that Sarah Palin, John McCain's vice-presidential pick is ridiculously unqualified to be president.

Questions about her experience lead to questions about Barack's - something he doesn't want people focused on.

It's a reasonable objection on its face except for this small objection: it
surely needs to be weighed against the Democrats' claim that their own candidate
for president is self-evidently ready to assume the role of most powerful person
on the planet.

When you do the comparisons, Palin looks stronger than Barack.

Obama: Worked his way to the top by cultivating, pandering to and stroking the
most powerful interest groups in the all-pervasive Chicago political machine,
ensuring his views were aligned with the power brokers there.

Palin: Worked her way to the top by challenging, attacking and actively undermining the Republican party establishment in her native Alaska. She ran against incumbent
Republicans as a candidate willing and able to clean the Augean Stables of her
state's government.

This is from Gerard writing for Real Clear Politics.

Political history
Obama: Elected to statewide office only after a
disastrous first run for a congressional seat and after his Republican opponent
was exposed in a sexual scandal. Won seat eventually in contest against a
candidate who didn't even live in the state.

Palin: Elected to statewide office by challenging a long-serving
Republican incumbent governor despite intense opposition from the party.

Inexperience. Just another reason that picking Palin was very clever.

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