This is simply so ignorant you have to laugh:
John McCain was aiming to make history with his pick of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and historians say he succeeded.
Presidential scholars say she 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. “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.
Matthew Dallek….Presidential historian or speechwriter for Dick Gephardt? Guess he could be both but judging from this statement I wouldn’t bet on the historian part.
Thanks to reader Kevin Gregory form McClatchy Watch we find that Matthew Dallek is not an impartial voice:
“Presidential historian” Matthew Dallek belongs to an organization trying to elect Barack Obama.
The organization is called “Historians for Obama.”
I blogged about Matthew Dallek here.
Yes, I know…who cares who he is. The fact of the matter is that the MSM, and their cohorts in acememia, seem to have forgotten their golden boy, Mr. Barack Obama. Jay Tea laid it out quite well in this post that Sarah Palin’s experience dwarfs Obama’s by miles and Jeff Emanuel at Redstate did a great side by side comparison here:
|Office being sought||Vice President||President of the United States and Leader of the Free World|
|Full name||Sarah Louise Heath Palin||Barack Hussein Obama II|
|Nickname||Sarah Barracuda||Barry Obama; “The One”|
|Public opinion||Smoking hot in a “naughty librarian” sort of way||May be The Messiah|
|Children||5: two sons, three daughters||2: two daughters|
|Religion/Church attendance||Evangelical Christian;
attends Juneau Christian Center when in Juneau and grew up attending Wasilla Assembly of God
|Attended Trinity United Church of Christ for 20 years, a “black liberation theology” church formerly led by Rev. Jeremiah Wright and governed according to the Black Value System|
|Current Job||Governor of Alaska||Junior Senator from Illinois|
|Previous Public Jobs||Mayor of Wasilla, AK (1996-2002); President of Alaska Conference of Mayors;
City Council member (1992-1996)
|State Senator (1997-2004);
|Executive Experience||Governor for 2 years;
Mayor for 10 years
|Foreign Relations experience||Governor of state that borders two foreign countries (Canada and Russia)||Chaired Senate subcommittee on Europe but never called it into session;
once gave a speech to 200,000 screaming Germans
|Military Affairs experience||Commander in Chief of Alaska National Guard;
Son is enlisted Infantryman in U.S. Army
|Private Sector Experience||Sports reporter;
|Associate at civil rights law firm|
|Speaking ability||Beautifully executed initial stump speech in Dayton, OH hockey arena without a teleprompter||An enter…wait–did you say without a teleprompter??|
|Most Courageous Moment in Public Service||Resigned in protest from position of Ethics Commissioner of Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in order to expose legal violations and conflicts of interest of Alaska Republican leaders, including the former state Attorney General and the State GOP Chairman (who was also an Oil & Gas Commissioner), who was doing work for the party on public time and supplying a lobbyist with a sensitive e-mail.||Gave an anti-Iraq war speech to a crowd of anti-Iraq war demonstrators in Hyde Park in 2002|
|In Current Office Because…||Upset sitting Governor in GOP primary due to public support for her efforts to clean up corrupt government establishment||Republican opponent, who was leading in the polls, was forced to leave race after unsealing of divorce records exposed a sex scandal|
|Theme:||Change and Clean Government||Hope and Change;
“Bringing Change from Outside Washington”
|What they’ve done to live that theme:||Replaced entire Board of Agriculture and Conservation because of conflict of interest;
Resigned from position of Ethics Commissioner of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in order to expose corruption among members of own party
|Selected 36-year incumbent Senator as running mate|
|Family Affairs||May have removed State Public Safety Commissioner as part of effort to protect sister in messy divorce and child custody battle||Often says, “I am my brother’s keeper”;
Brother lives in a hut in Nairobi on $12 per year
|Union affiliation||Union member, married to Union member||Endorsed by a union|
|Iraq and Troop Support||Formerly (pre-surge) critical of apparent lack of long-term strategy for Iraq;
Visited wounded U.S. soldiers in Germany;
visited AK National Guard soldiers deployed to Kuwait;
Son deploying to Iraq on 9/11/08 as Army infantryman
|Gave an anti-Iraq war speech to a crowd of anti-Iraq war demonstrators;
almost visited wounded troops in Germany, but decided to go shopping in Berlin instead
|Bipartisan/”maverick” credentials||Married to a non-Republican;
Exposed corruption within own party;
Campaigned for Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell against corrupt GOP congressman Don Young;
Called out Sen Ted Stevens (R-AK) to “come clean” about financial dealings that are under fed investigation
|Talks about bipartisanship|
|Legislative Record||Passed a landmark ethics reform bill;
Used veto to cut budgetary spending;
Prevented “bridge to nowhere” that would have cost taxpayers $400 million dollars.
|Voted “present” over 100 times as IL state senator|
|How they dealt with corrupt individuals in home city/state||Exposed legal violations and conflicts of interest of Alaska Republican leaders;
Campaigned against corrupt GOP Representative;
Ran against and defeated corrupt incumbent governor in GOP primary
|Launched political career in home of unrepentant domestic terrorist Bill Ayers (and still refers to him as a part of “mainstream Democratic Chicago”;
Purchased home with help of convicted felon Tony Rezko
|Guns||Lifetime member of NRA and avid hunter;
video can be found on YouTube of Palin firing an M4 at a military firing range
|Worked to pass legislation in Illinois that would prevent all law-abiding citizens from owning firearms|
|Earmarks||Opposed “Bridge to Nowhere” project;
Said Alaska should avoid relying on federal money for projects;
Campaigned against porker Don Young (R-AK) in 2008 primary
|Secured federal earmarks for wife’s employer and for campaign bundlers|
gave birth to 5th child knowing that he would have Down’s syndrome
only IL state sen. to speak against the Born Alive Infant’s Protection Act, which required medical care to be given to live infants who survived abortions
More at Redstate….
I especially want to point out the voting “present” more then a 100 times in his Illinois career, and his lack of work in the Senate. As soon as he set foot into office he started running for President, neglecting his duties as chair of various subcommittees.
Palin has not neglected her duties and has in fact flourished, bringing down corruption on both sides of the aisle across the state. She ran a city government for ten years, she ran a state government for two years and was Commander in Chief of the Alaskan national guard.
Anyone tell me what size government Obama was ever in charge of? What military units he commanded? His foreign policy experience….none, seeing as how he has never convened any Senate committee he chairs.
To top it all off, he is seeking the Presidency.