Commentary
Published: Sep 8, 2008
McCain And "Sarah" Have It All Over It All Over Obama And Biden
by Vincent Gioia


I think things have gotten to the point where Governor Sarah Palin has achieved sufficient favorable public recognition we can now simply refer to her as "Sarah" and those of us that admire her can use her name alone as a term of endearment and respect.

Few accolades of a person are as significant as comments made by arch enemies. For example, Democrat strategist and CNN commentator Paul Begala claimed that John McCain's choice of Vice President is "shockingly irresponsible" and suggested that McCain is "out of his mind." Of course, you can believe this if you think Begala is noted for his desire to help Republicans.

On CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 program, Begala said Sarah Palin had no experience in foreign policy.  And that it was "shockingly irresponsible to place her a heartbeat away from the Presidency.  When it was pointed out that, if anything, Barack Obama had even less experience, and that Barack Obama is actually the one running for President, Begala did not bother to respond.

Ignored by Begala and all Democrats and their media cohorts is that not only has Sarah Palin been to Iraq, but she went there in her capacity as the head of the Alaska National Guard.  Obama visited Iraq as the head of nothing. Further, Sarah Palin as Governor has actually negotiated with foreign governments on behalf of Alaska, most notably Canada, Russia, Japan, and South Korea. Can Barack Obama point to an official negotiation with a foreign government? Actually if he did negotiate with foreign nations, he would be violating the US Logan Act which leaves negotiations with foreign governments on behalf of the United States to the President.

Democrats and liberal newscasters like to say Sarah Palin doesn't have a great deal of experience.  But in criticizing Sarah on this basis merely underscores the lack of experience of their candidate for President.

It's true Sarah Palin, if elected, would be a heartbeat away from the Presidency. That may be the case but heartbeat separation is not a problem in this regard for Democrats because if Obama were elected, we would have the most inexperienced American President in the last century to run the country at one of the most critical periods in the nation's history. Is Senator Joe Biden any different in lack of executive experience than Obama?

It's not likely the McCain campaign would be concerned about the "lack of experience" argument. After all, there is more executive experience in the Republican Vice President nominee than in both of the Democrat nominees.

One note: You can count on in-the-tank-for-liberals reporters asking foreign policy "gotcha" questions as a matter of routine between now and election day (something they somehow never got around to doing with Barack Obama). By the way, do you think Obama knows who the president of Uruguay is?

For the record, liberals like Begala are not the only ones to absurdly criticize Sarah; we can't forget academia is also in the Socialist/Liberal camp. Don't believe me? Check out the following from Politico.

From Politico: "Scholars question Palin credentials by David Mark,

Fred Barbash Presidential scholars say [Sarah Palin] appears to be the least experienced, least credentialed person to join a major-party ticket in the modern era. 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.

[...] "I think she is the most inexperienced person on a major party ticket in modern history," said presidential historian Matthew Dallek.

[...] "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?"

[...] Palin . . . is a total "wild card," said Stanford historian David Kennedy."

Do you suppose it's more than personal ideology that is behind the concern of these "historians?"

The McCain campaign issued the following statement:

"The authors quote four scholars attacking Gov. Palin's fitness for the office of Vice President. Among them, David Kennedy is a maxed out Obama donor, Joel Goldstein is also an Obama donor, and Doris Kearns Goodwin has donated exclusively to Democrats this cycle. Finally, Matthew Dallek is a former speech writer for Dick Gephardt. This is not a story about scholars questioning Governor Palin's credentials so much as partisan Democrats who would find a reason to disqualify or discount any nominee put forward by Senator McCain."

Hmm, I guess it is personal ideology by these eminent Professors. Have you seen any indication that Kennedy, Goldstein, Goodwin, and Dallek show the same concern about Senator Obama's lack of experience? Of course not; Obama is a liberal and a Democrat.

The Obama people have taken umbrage at the notion Obama has not done much in the Senate during the 150 days or so he was actually there. Well let's see what Barack Obama did legislative wise.

109th Congress, Obama introduced the following bills: S.2125: A bill to promote relief, security, and democracy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Sponsor: Sen. Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 12/16/2005) Latest Major Action: Became Public Law No: 109-456 S.3757 : A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 950 Missouri Avenue in East St. Louis, Illinois, as the "Katherine Dunham Post Office Building". Sponsor: Sen. Obama, Barack [IL] (introduced 7/27/2006) Note: For further action, see H.R.5929, which became Public Law 109-333 on 10/12/2006.

As far as I can tell, in the 110th Congress Obama did not introduce any bills

Of course, Obama took advantage of the work of others and "co-sponsored" a number of bills and Amendments but that takes little more effort than asking an aide to add your name to the sponsorship list.

--So much for Obama's contribution to the legislative process during his 150 days in the senate chambers.

Believe it or not Obama responds to his issue of his lack of executive experience by referring to his oversight of his presidential campaign; which itself is it doubtful.

The Democrat unqualified Presidential Candidate, Barack Obama, actually compared his executive experience to that of Sarah Palin while being interviewed by Anderson Cooper on CNN in this way:

"AC: Some Republican critics say you don't have the experience to handle a situation like this [Hurricane Gustav]. They've in fact said that Governor Palin has more executive experience as mayor of a small town and as governor of a big state like Alaska. What's your response?

BO: Well, you know, my understanding is that, uh, Governor Palin's town of Wasilly [sic] has, uh, 50 employees, uh, uh, we've got 2500, uh, in this campaign. I think their budget is maybe $12 million a year. Uh, uh, we have a budget of about three times that just for the month. Uh, so I think that, uh, our ability to manage large systems, uh, and to, uh, execute, uh, I think has been made clear over the last couple of years. Uh, and certainly, in terms of, uh, the legislation that I've passed just dealing with this issue post-Katrina, uh, of how we handle emergency management. The fact that, uh, many of my recommendations were adopted and are being put in place, uh, as we speak indicates to extent to which we can provide the kinds of support and good service that the American people expect."

If you read what he said above, it is clear that not only did Obama not even bother answering the question, but the answer he did give was nonsensical. His assertion that Palin is a Mayor is as bogus as an assertion one would make that Obama is a Community Organizer. Palin is and has been a governor for about 2 years. As a governor, she operates a $9 billion budget, and manages $13 billion in revenue.  The state of Alaska also employs 25,000 people. His answer just shows how shallow Obama is. If his executive experience consists of running a campaign (which incidentally he does NOT run), how does that compare to Sarah's experience as governor? As to the legislation he's passed post-Katrina, yet another lie coming form Obama. Even if he did, how does passing legislation (which he did NOT do) compare to having executive experience?

The Obama/Biden campaign has a problem, and it's a pit bull with lipstick.

Vincent Gioia is an independent columnist




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