Saturday, August 30, 2008

 

A Few More Thoughts on Palin

Two questions keep coming up in cable news and local radio talk shows I've listened to today. 1) "She's just a heartbeat away from the presidency. Is she the best person for the vice presidency?" 2) "Does she have enough experience?"

I've heard the "heartbeat" question enough times to make me scream. True, John McCain, or anybody else, could die unexpectedly. Remember Hillary's reference to assassination? But, in all reasonableness, John McCain appears to be a very healthy man with many years in front of him.

The heartbeat question is only asked to raise doubt and uncertainty in the minds of voters. Let us not forget that members of the MSM are overwhelmingly liberal Democrats. The is little objectivity in the MSM.

The other part of the question "is she the best candidate" is easily answered. No. Is Barack Hussein Obama the best person for president? No. Is Joe Biden the best person for vice president? Heavens, no. Is John McCain the best person for the presidency. Of the two major candidates he is but no.

Because politics requires a certain amount of showmanship, the most knowledgeable, competent people don't reach the higher echelons. The better speakers, the taller guys, more handsome guys do. The most competent, knowledgeable people most often go into another profession. A few may become advisers to the good looking smooth talkers.

Experience is a tricky question. I always remember the quote "Some people have 20 years experience and some people have one years experience 20 times." Barack Hussein Obama is running for president. His level of experience is arguably no better than Palin's. Jimmy Carter's experience when he was elected was close to Palin's.

John McCain, the Republican candidate for president, holds much more experience than Barack Hussein Obama. Joe Biden was first elected to the Senate when John McCain was still a POW. It's still to be seen if Biden's experience has taught him how to keep his foot out of his mouth.

Palin certainly appears to be a capable, confident person who, if not now, at some point would certainly be presidential material. McCain's selection of Palin was a brilliant gamble. He completely changed the national focus from the Democratic Convention to the Republican agenda. He also exposed a great deal of the bigotry of the left in the process.

I was listening to CNN with John Roberts when McCain made his announcement. Here are some excerpts from CNN's discussion.
ROBERTS: There's also this issue that on April 18th, she gave birth to a baby with Down Syndrome. The baby is just slightly more than 4 months old now. Children with Down Syndrome require an awful lot of attention. The role of vice president, it seems to me, would take up an awful lot of her time, and it raises the issue of, how much time will she have to dedicate to her newborn child?
ROBERTS: And I wasn't asking that from a political standpoint either. As the father of two children, you wonder, a child requires a lot of attention when a child is healthy. The child has Down Syndrome, requires that much more care.

Can she take the time that she needs with her child? How would it affect that child's development?
Roberts immediately jumps into the the mother must care for the kids routine. Dana Bash sets Roberts straight, "...if it were a man being picked who also had a baby 4 months ago with Down Syndrome, would you ask the same question?"

I've heard more liberals raising questions concerning age and gender than I ever imagined. I'm not surprised because reading blogs it is visible underneath the surface of many liberal comments. I'm just wondering how people will respond now that it is more out in the open.

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