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Petard, 1 each. Hoist when ready
Posted by: McQ on Friday, August 29, 2008

How soon we forget. Bill Clinton a few nights ago:
He recalled that 16 years ago "Republicans said I was too young and too inexperienced to be commander in chief. Sound familiar? It didn't work in 1992 and it will not work in 2008."
Really? Well it doesn't mean that Democrats won't try:

Rep. Diana DeGette, today:
"The selection of Governor Palin is an insult to women. She has obviously been chosen to appeal to female voters, but she lacks both the experience and policy positions to serve as Vice-President of the United States."

"The announcement of Governor Palin's selection on John McCain's 72nd Birthday highlights the fact t hat the Vice-President must be qualified to step into the Presidency from Day One. Sarah Palin is a 2-year governor with zero foreign policy experience whose former position was mayor of a town of 9,000."
Rahm Emanuel:
"After trying to make experience the issue of this campaign, John McCain celebrated his 72nd birthday by appointing a former small town mayor and brand new Governor as his Vice Presidential nominee. Is this really who the Republican Party wants to be one heartbeat away from the Presidency? Given Sarah Palin's lack of experience on every front and on nearly every issue, this Vice Presidential pick doesn't show judgement: it shows political panic."
The Obama Campaign:
"Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency. Governor Palin shares John McCain's commitment to overturning Roe v. Wade, the agenda of Big Oil and continuing George Bush's failed economic policies - that's not the change we need, it's just more of the same," said Bill Burton, Obama campaign spokesman.
So, which is it? Experience is important? Or it isn't important? Apparently the Democrats now think it is. If so, Gov. Palin has more experience at the bottom of the Republican ticket than Barack Obama has at the top of the Democrat ticket.
 
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Democrats don’t *need* experience. They just *know*. Especially the ones steeped in Marxist analysis.

Republicans needs lotsa experience because they’re stoooopid and can only learn by having Democrats correct their mistakes.

See. Simple.
 
Written By: jorgxmckie
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Sarah Palin’s a smart pick, though Democrats should be relieved that the experience issue is off the table:
 
Written By: Scott Erb
URL: http://faculty.umf.maine.edu/~erb/blog.htm
The question, Scott, is not whether you or the True Believers will be able to swallow the idea that Experienced P + Inexperienced VP == Inexperienced P + Experienced VP, and therefore there is no experience gap. The question is whether you can convince the voting public of that equation.

Good luck. I don’t envy you your task. The voting public isn’t that bad at math.
 
Written By: Jeremy Bowers
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The best measure of the insanity of the Palin pick is how defensive the wingnuts have gotten about the pick. (Q and O is but one example.) It’s like the wingnuts picked the script out of the Little Red Book.

Face it, McCain screwed the pooch with this pick. There is no precedent in modern times for this kind of f*ck*p.

It’s so fun to watch.

I kinda sensed this is how it would end.
 
Written By: mkultra
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MK, I expect to see you back here after the first polls come out after this announcement to explain how the fact that McCain got a bounce on the Dem convention week is really the final proof that his campaign is completely finished.
 
Written By: Jeremy Bowers
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I don’t often do this, but David Frum’s last point sums it up:

"But question: If it were your decision, and you were putting your country first, would you put an untested small-town mayor a heartbeat away from the presidency?"

Today, the election is over.

 
Written By: mkultra
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The best measure of the insanity of the Palin pick is how defensive the wingnuts have gotten about the pick. (Q and O is but one example.)
The best measure of the intelligence of the Palin pick is how it has made the left wing barking mad.

"She’s been Governor for less than 2 years..." And how many years have Obama and Biden been Governor?

"Alaska is a small state..." What’s the population of Delaware again? How many foreign countries does it border on?

We’ve been listening to lefties beam at how accomplished Obama is. Palin’s accomplished more than Obama.

Finally, the election isn’t about Vice President, it’s about President. Obama isn’t running against Palin.
"But question: If it were your decision, and you were putting your country first, would you put an untested small-town mayor a heartbeat away from the presidency?"
Why is it that Democrats have to lie about their opponents? Yes, she was a mayor, but has earned a promotion. Palin’s a Governor, and done more for her state than Obama has for his.
 
Written By: Steverino
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Oh, by the way, Erb, the experience issue is NOT off the table...unless when Obama gets that 3 am call he forwards it to Biden.
 
Written By: Steverino
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nevermind the experience petard, can you start tracking instances where Dems deride this as a sort of quota/affirmative action pick? I’m seeing that meme in nascent stages as well
 
Written By: shark
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If it were your decision, and you were putting your country first, would you put an untested former community organzizer into the presidency?"

Game.

Set.

Match.

PWNED.
 
Written By: shark
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MK proves that if you scratch a "progressive" you get a regressive.

You can tell that this is driving he/her/it crazy
 
Written By: capt joe
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hey mk, your boy is going downnn :)
 
Written By: capt joe
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The best measure of the insanity of the Palin pick is how defensive the wingnuts have gotten about the pick.
Defensive? Try elated.
 
Written By: Ronnie Gipper
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"It’s like the wingnuts picked the script out of the Little Red Book."

This from a party that, as Biden was saying one of his homemade dimwitted phrases, the crowd had cards with the same phrase.

Sorta like a nice little rally in Pyongyang or Havana.

Remember that "The Little Red Book" is a Marxist thing. We Republicans don’t follow a "book."

Democrats, on the other hand, do follow a book.

It is called "The Communist Manifesto."

 
Written By: James Marsden
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To add another layer of amusement to this delicious irony cake, one of the chief criticisms Democrats have leveled at the Bush administration is that VP Cheney is too powerful, and of course, that is the natural consequence of Cheney being the consummate insider "experience" pick. They think Palin will be too weak a VP? They must miss Cheney already!
 
Written By: James O
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McCain must apologize to all those women offended by his choice of a woman as running mate.
...A Woman for Vice-President....
...How insulting to women!


 
Written By: BWIII
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, though Democrats should be relieved that the experience issue is off the table:
Off the table?
Palin has more experience than the whole of the Democrat ticket, Erb. She’s run a town and a state. All Obama and Biden have run is their mouths.

 
Written By: Bithead
URL: http://bitsblog.florack.us
The Democratic ticket’s combined executive experience doesn’t add up to Sarah’s.

Blovating in the Senate isn’t real leadership experience. That’s why we almost never elect a Senator to the top spot.

 
Written By: Don
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Sarah Palin’s a smart pick, though Democrats should be relieved that the experience issue is off the table:
Not off the table, and the Dem’s attack her lack of experience at their own risk.

She has actual executive experience, unlike Obama or Biden, who have none (Obama does have some, running a foundation for his terrorist buddy Ayers, but it isn’t clear he did a good job and in any case it isn’t something he wants to talk about).

Since she is in the #2 spot, her experience is less critical. And she does have real executive experience, with real results. Granted, it would have been nice if she had 4 or 6 years as gov, but 2 is 2 more than Obama and Biden combined.
 
Written By: Don
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I want to see some debates. After all, Biden has lots of experience with foreign affairs. But he (and Obama) have been consistently wrong on Iraq.

I seem to recall the Obama campaign claiming that it’s judgment, not experience, that matters...
 
Written By: Ben
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Boris Erb:
Sarah Palin’s a smart pick, though Democrats should be relieved that the experience issue is off the table:
It’s not off the table, because the Democrats are too stupid to leave it alone.

Palin has more and better experience than Obama. And through that experience she took on and was able to reform corruption in Alaskan government, unlike Obama in Chicago, who lived off of it.

Plus, she hasn’t belonged to a racist church for the past 20 years.

And BTW, Boris, aren’t you glad that you got in on the ground floor.

 
Written By: Martin McPhillips
URL: http://newpaltzjournal.com
I’m going to point out something, here, you take it as you will.
This was the Democrat example of how they’ll handle the 3am call. They’re under attack from a new attacker... Palin, and responded... well... less than brilliantly.



 
Written By: Bithead
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"Republicans said I was too young and too inexperienced to be commander in chief."

And they were right. The first year or two were a real comedy of errors. The rest was pretty amusing, too.
 
Written By: timactual
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