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Friday, August 29, 2008

Palin Inexperience Called on by Conservatives

I’ve been researching the choice of Vice President that John McCain made and I’m finding that even his own party is concerned about his pick. While John McCain put some serious thought into his choice for Vice President, pandering to the disgruntled Hillary Clinton supporters, and of course picking someone with his moral values, a person that should be able to slide into the Presidency if God forbid anything happened to him. He forgot a simple fact, experience of his selection for VP.

Even the Conservatives in the Republican Party are concerned over Sarah Palin’s experience. I couldn’t write this any better than the folks over at the National Review that have done it for me. And frankly, I too am concerned with his pick for VP and lack of experience to run America in the lack of a heart beat in John McCain…

Cold Water on Palin
Ramesh Ponnuru

Both the pros and the cons are pretty obvious. I’m going to focus on the cons, mostly because conservatives right now seem to be paying them less attention.

The pros: She’s a pro-life conservative reformer from outside Washington, and a woman. The pick signals a boldness and willingness to mix things up that the McCain campaign, like Republicans generally, need.

The cons:

Inexperience. Palin has been governor for about two minutes. Thanks to McCain’s decision, Palin could be commander-in-chief next year. That may strike people as a reckless choice; it strikes me that way. And McCain's age raised the stakes on this issue.

As a political matter, it undercuts the case against Obama. Conservatives are pointing out that it is tricky for the Obama campaign to raise the issue of her inexperience given his own, and note that the presidency matters more than the vice-presidency. But that gets things backward. To the extent the experience, qualifications, and national-security arguments are taken off the table, Obama wins.

And it’s not just foreign policy. Palin has no experience dealing with national domestic issues, either. (On the other hand, as Kate O’Beirne just told me, we know that Palin will be ready for that 3 a.m. phone call: She’ll already be up with her baby.)
- National Review

One of the things that keeps grasping at my thoughts is the fact that McCain picked Governor Palin just for the simple fact that she is a woman. Mind you, I don’t know anything about the woman or the investigations she is under while Governor of Alaska but it smells of pandering to women in general as voters. Hillary Clinton is off the list of votes you can cast and that means that there are many angry women in America that just might vote for McCain if he has a woman as his VP? Did anyone in the McCain camp tell the Senator that woman in general have opinions on many of the issues and inserting a uterus into his campaign as Vice President is not going to convince them to change their opinion’s on the issues they face every single day?

Last time I checked, Hillary Clinton is a strong Liberal Democrat that is night and day on every position to the Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin! You can not interchange the two woman just because one of them comes from the land of the midnight sun! What the hell was McCain thinking? Did he think that all woman are mindless zombies and will vote for a fellow woman just because she is a woman? Let me think about this, NOT! Issues Senator McCain are important to woman, and if anything, I would tend to think the highly educated women of America can see through this stunt.

One of the things that my generation is known for is that you do not for one minute assume that any women is ignorant of politics. What is that old saying from the McCain generation? When you assume you make an Ass/U/Me.

Belly up to the sink Governor Palin, the Senator needs the dishes washed. Pick a house he owns and just wash the damn dishes. McCain only picked her as a running mate to tap into the massive Hillary Clinton vote with the full expectation of stealing the votes with a token woman as Vice President. 18 million voters were behind Senator Hillary Clinton in her race for President but they were not all woman Senator McCain! There is no other way he could win and give us four more years of Bush Policy and government in his mind than picking a woman as his VP. Does that not wreak of male chauvinism?

At the least, Obama picked someone that could help him with foreign policy, world affairs, and someone that we as American’s would not have a problem with being President if Obama were to fall. Um, Senator McCain, did you actually check out her experience in government?

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Blogger Lefty said...

When I first got wind of this yesterday morning. I thought, who is Sarah Palin? My next thought was that it was a compromise choice. A choice that was designed to bolster the McCain campaign in several areas. I still think that's true to some extent, the same way it's true that Obama picked Biden to address his inexperience.

However after reading a bit more about Governor Palin, I realized that this was really a brilliant choice.

Palin is engaging and charismatic. She brings youth to the ticket. She will help unite the conservative base of the party. She is not a Washington insider. And yes, she will appeal to women who feel that now is the time to elect a women to the executive branch of our government.

More to the point it is probably th e best choice McCain could make. It was an unexpected choice that stole some of the thunder away from the Obama campaign. It brings an energy and interest to the McCain ticket that a Romney or Pawlenty wouldn't do. Think of it, if McCain had picked either of those two, the pundits would have mentioned it and moved on. She is a fresh face in a party that seemed like it had run out of new fresh faces.

This is not to say that choosing Palin does not have its risks. After all, her every statement, her every action, her ever mistake, past, present and future will be debated and analyzed. Still for McCain to win in 08 his choice of VP is essential and Palin is a risk that may just pay off.

12:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I couldn't agree with your post any more than I do, and disagree with lefty's comment. This whole thing will be evaluated in the coming weeks and I will be watching the bore-fest of the GOP convention to catch any and all slip ups just as many republicans watched the democrats.

9:29 AM  
Blogger Lefty said...

I'm curious.

Who would you have picked for McCain's running mate?

9:32 AM  
Anonymous Infidel753 said...

Well, of the four individuals on both tickets, she's the only one who has ever held an executive position in government.....

12:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I only wish he picked Mitt instead, at least it would be a governor that really had to govern a state, with the mandatory health insurance here in Massachusetts he would have been able to move forward with that as his national plan. I think choosing an unknown, outsider with no real experience except 2 years as governor and mayor of a town with less than 10k people,was not the right choice. There are a lot of SMART, well spoken people in this country, but he chooses a woman that he meet once.

What has she made happen in the last two years in Alaska? Lets take the national nature reserve and make it look like Texas. Those drills going up and down in the fields make for beautiful views.

3:09 PM  

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