In The Tank For McCain / Palin?

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Yesterday I had a good conversation with my sister Mary Beth. We are very close, but differ when it comes to politics – she is sensibly liberal and I am sensibly libertarian / modervative (that’s short for moderate-conservative).  We were discussing the choice of Palin as the Republican VP pick. Because I was a registered Republican and voted for Bush in 2000, MB assumed I was in the tank for the Republican ticket. Apparently she doesn’t read my blog. MB is very critical of the Palin pick, noting her lack of experience, and I partly agree. Being governor counts for something, though I don’t know if two years in a small populus state counts for much. I don’t think Obama has much experience either; so for me, it’s a wash. She noted that Palin was for the “Bridge to Nowhere” before she was against it. I had heard than but hadn’t dug in to the details of it. It appears to be quite correct. Now, though I find it irrelevant, more baby news is breaking. And a letter has surfaced on the internet, a rather damning critique, from someone who lived in Wasilla during Palin’s tenure as mayor. It’s long, and the author has an axe to grind, none the less, the meat and bones of it are scathing when compared to the newly born myth of Sarah Palin, and it’s worth a read: Read more »

I'm More Qualified Than You, Neaner, Neaner; pt 1… UPDATE! Nevermind.

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This from an interview of Barrack Obama by a drooling Anderson Cooper:

In an interview on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 Monday night, Obama was asked about whether his experience in the U.S. Senate dealing with weather-related situations compares to Palin’s executive experience running the state of Alaska and as the small town mayor of Wasilla, Alaska.

“My understanding is that Gov. Palin’s town, Wassilla, has I think 50 employees. We’ve got 2500 in this campaign. I think their budget is maybe 12 million dollars a year – we have a budget of about three times that just for the month,” Obama responded.

Our ability to manage large systems and to execute I think has been made clear over the past couple of years and certainly in terms of the legislation I’ve passed in the past couple of years, post-Katrina.”

Did the original question get answered? No. Notice Obama only mentions Palin’s mayoral experience and skips her tenure as governor. Does 2 1/2 years running a campaign give someone that much more experience than someone who has served for two years as governor? I would say not. You’ve passed legislation? What legislation? Did you write the legislation? No. You just voted on it. Big whup!

Back to the original question. Who has more experience dealing with “weather related situations“? Palin is in charge of a state where severe winter weather and then spring melts constantly wreaks havoc with roads and infrastructure, including precious oil pipelines that provides fuel to the masses, without which the price of gas would be even higher. Obama’s in change of a campaign where the greatest weather related challenge is whether to cancel, postpone, or move a fund raiser indoors due to rain or snow.

Point: Palin Obama.

UPDATE: Obama did a lot more for Katrina victims than I thought. Next time you write a post, research first. But it would have been nice if this information would have been include in the posted article.