Saturday, August 30, 2008

Scholars Question Palin Credentials

You knew this crap was coming. A bunch of leftwing O'Bama supporters claim that Palin's credentials are the least for any major party ticket

John McCain was aiming to make history with his pick of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and historians say he succeeded.

So unconventional was McCain’s choice that it left students of the presidency literally “stunned,” in the words of Joel Goldstein, a St. Louis University law professor and scholar of the vice presidency. “Being governor of a small state for less than two years is not consistent with the normal criteria for determining who’s of presidential caliber,” said Goldstein.
“I think she is the most inexperienced person on a major party ticket in modern history,” said presidential historian Matthew Dallek.
That includes Spiro T. Agnew, Richard Nixon’s first vice president, who was governor of a medium-sized state, Maryland, for two years, and before that, executive of suburban Baltimore County, the expansive jurisdiction that borders and exceeds in population the city of Baltimore.
It also includes George H.W. Bush’s vice president, Indiana Sen. Dan Quayle, who had served in the House and Senate for 12 years before taking office. And it also includes New York Rep. Geraldine Ferraro, who served three terms in the House before Walter Mondale chose her in 1984 as the first woman candidate on a major party ticket.
“It would be one thing if she had only been governor for a year and a half, but prior to that she had not had major experience in public life,” said Dallek of Palin. “The fact that he would have to go to somebody who is clearly unqualified to be president makes Obama look like an elder statesman.”
And Alaska is a much smaller state than Illinois, the political base of Barack Obama, whom Republicans have repeatedly criticized for being inexperienced, having served nearly four years in the U.S. Senate after eight in the Illinois state Senate.

“Not to belittle Alaska, but it’s different than the basket of issues you deal with in big, dynamic states.” Dallek said.
Palin has no experience in national office. Before becoming governor in December 2006, she served as a council member and mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, which had a population of slightly more than 5,000 during her time in office.

I see. So the fact that Palin was a city councilwoman and then mayor of Wasilla, and also a member of the Alaska Oil and Gas Commission, means that she "had not had major experience in public life".

And the fact that she comes from Alaska, population of 670,000 (47th out of 50) makes her less qualified than Joe Biden from Delaware with a population of 853,000 (45th out of 50).

And then we get the coup de grace

“If she had been around for two terms as governor — or been a senator — it would have been an incredible choice,” said historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. “Who else could he have found who appealed to the conservative base … and as someone who was a reformer?”

I just love it when they quote that plagiarist, Doris Kearns Goodwin. She probably admires Biden because he is also a plagiarist.

There is a strong aroma of fear coming from the left. They are afraid of Palin. Very, very afraid.

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