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Just a few thoughts on the latest series of attacks on Sarah Palin by the Obama campaign.
I have been a Sarah Palin for VP advocate for about two weeks now and I knew what the attacks would be like if she was selected. With Obama as the Democratic nominee, attacking Palin for her lack of experience is the height of absurdity.
Palin has about as much experience in office as does Obama. She served as Alaska’s governor for roughly two years. This is about the same amount of time that Obama has “served” in the Senate, when you consider that he has spent the past two years focusing on his run for the presidency, instead of his Senate duties.
Before she was governor, Palin was the Mayor of the small Alaska town of Wasilla. Again, the Obama campaign immediately criticized these credentials, essentially downplaying her experience because of the “small town” in which the experience was acquired.
Of course we all know what Obama thinks of those “bitter” small town types.
What is most important about Palin’s experience when contrasted with Obama’s is that all of it is executive experience. Four of the last five presidents have been governors and while the next Commander In Chief will not be one, knowledge of navigating an executive branch, regardless of how small or frigid it was, couldn’t hurt a U.S. Senator making his first foray into executive leadership.
What’s most amusing about the criticism of Palin coming out of Obama’s supporters, is how cynical, supporters of the “candidate of hope” become when the diversity card is played against them.
Of course John McCain could have picked a more qualified candidate for the job. Of course the fact that she was a woman played a huge part in his decision. But you’re delusional if you think that Barack Obama would have been the Democratic nominee if he hadn’t been an African-American.
Obama won the nomination by racking up big margins in sates with large black populations, who voted for him over Hillary Clinton by a margin of 9 to 1. Had Obama been exactly the same person, with the same political record and same rhetorical skills, but with white skin, he would have been trounced by Hillary Clinton, who had the black vote wrapped up before Obama came onto the presidential scene. Three or four other Democratic contenders likely would have beaten him as well.
Speaking of Hillary, the more “experienced” candidate of the two wasn’t all that experienced either. We saw very clearly however that Democrats and young people in particular, often favor diversity over real experience and a proven legislative record. Once again, this record of achievement is something that Palin has and Obama lacks.
It all cuts both ways. If Obama is going to criticize Palin for her lack of experience, and they have roughly the same amount, isn't he criticizing himself in a roundabout kind of way?
Similarly, if Obama is arguing that he has the right judgement to be president and McCain doesn't and Obana's running mate, Joe Biden, supported the initial invasion of Iraq, by default, doesn't Joe Biden have poor judgement as well?
Over the next few months I believe that Americans will come to know and like Governor Palin. It will be interesting to see if the Obama camp has the audacity to criticize the experience of the candidate at the bottom of the GOP ticket when it is roughly equal to that of the candidate at the top of the Democratic ticket.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
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The new ad comes on the heels of circulating rumours which charge that George Clooney is advising Obama on matters of foreign policy.
I've also included "The One" ad, which is simply awesome.
One should never vote for or against a candidate or a policy proposal based solely on a TV commercial, but these two humorous ads have a point and should wake a lot of folks up as to where these starry eyed political neophytes who are making up Obama's base are leading us.
Posted by Falling Panda at 5:20 PM
Thursday, August 07, 2008
With the release of his 700th album, singer songwriter Randy Newman may be showing some signs of senility.
His latest CD contains this gem, a grandparent-esque rant, in which the respected historian, geo-political expert and the artist who gave us classics such as Short People, informs the world that our American empire is crumbling around us.
Now, we all expect this kind of silliness from the entertainment business, but check out what he says about Supreme Court justices, Alito, Scalia and Thomas near the end of the song.
That's borderline right there Randy.
A Few Words In Defense Of Our Country
I’d like to sayA few wordsIn defense of our country
Whose people aren't bad
Nor are they mean
Now, the leaders we have
While they're the worst that we've had
Are hardly the worst
This poor world has seen
Let's turn history's pages, shall we?
Take the Caesars, for example
Why, with the first few of them
They were sleeping with their sister,
stashing little boys in swimming pools,
and burning down the city
And one of 'em, one of 'em appointed his own horse to be Counsel of the Empire
That's like vice president or something
That's not a very good example right now, is it?
But here's one:Spanish Inquisition
That's a good one
Put people in a terrible positionI don't even like to think about it
Well, sometimes I like to think about it
Just a few words
In defense of our country
Whose time at the top
Could be coming to an end
Now, we don't want their love
And respect at this point's pretty much out of the question
But in times like these
We sure could use a friend
HitlerStalinMen who need no introduction
King Leopold of Belgium, that's right
Everyone thinks he's so great
Well, he owned the CongoHe tore it up too
Took the diamondsTook the silverTook the goldYou know what he left 'em with?
You know, a president once said, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself"
Now it seems like we're supposed to be afraidIt's patriotic, in factColor-coded
What we supposed to be afraid of?
Why, of being afraidThat's what terror means, doesn't it?
That's what it used to mean
You know, it pisses me off a little that this Supreme Court's gonna outlive me
Couple young Italian fellas and a brother on the Court now too
But I defy you, anywhere in the world, to find me two Italians as tightass as the two Italians we got
And as for the brotherWell, Pluto's not a planet anymore either
The end of an empire Is messy at best
And this empire's ending
Like all the rest
Like the Spanish ArmadaAdrift on the sea
We're adrift in the land of the braveAnd the home of the freeGoodbyeGoodbyeGoodbye
I may be way off here, but is Newman implying that Clarence Thomas isn't really black anymore, becasue of his political views? Did he just say that in his mind, Thomas lost his status as a "brother" in the same way that Pluto lost its status as a planet?
Oh man! You are so lucky that no one takes you seriously anymore Randy or your face would be plastered all over O'Reilly's dart board.
Crazy old Randy. America's ambassador to the world.
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