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Want to make a comparison?
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Here is where the comparison should be made, and Gerard Baker does it for us:
Political experience

Obama: Worked his way to the top by cultivating, pandering to and stroking the most powerful interest groups in the all-pervasive Chicago political machine, ensuring his views were aligned with the power brokers there.

Palin: Worked her way to the top by challenging, attacking and actively undermining the Republican party establishment in her native Alaska. She ran against incumbent Republicans as a candidate willing and able to clean the Augean Stables of her state's government.
IOW, she's actually done things to "change" politics in her state. And Obama?
Political Biography

Obama: A classic, if unusually talented, greasy-pole climber. Held a succession of jobs that constitute the standard route to the top in his party's internal politics: "community organizer", law professor, state senator.

Palin: A woman with a wide range of interests in a well-variegated life. Held a succession of jobs - sports journalist, commercial fisherwoman, state oil and gas commissioner, before entering local politics. A resume that suggests something other than burning political ambition from the cradle but rather the sort of experience that enables her to understand the concerns of most Americans..
This goes to the "what have your run, what have you done" question. The difference, in terms of both experience and accomplishments is quite compelling. The final Baker poitn shouldn't be discounted. I've spoken about those politicians whose whole life is aimed toward higher office and they scare the hell out of me. That's not a problem Palin brings to the mix.
Political history

Obama: Elected to statewide office only after a disastrous first run for a congressional seat and after his Republican opponent was exposed in a sexual scandal. Won seat eventually in contest against a candidate who didn't even live in the state.

Palin: Elected to statewide office by challenging a long-serving Republican incumbent governor despite intense opposition from the party.
You want "change" - she's actually accomplished it. And Obama? Well to paraphrase Hillary Clinton - he has a speech about it.
Executive experience

Obama: Makes executive decisions every day that affect the lives of his campaign staff and a vast crowd of traveling journalists

Palin:Makes executive decisions every day that affect the lives of 500,000 people in her state, and that impact crucial issues of national economic interest such as the supply and cost of energy to the United States.
One of the things the desperate left is trying to do is reframe the experience question by pretending it is irrelevant because the town of which she was mayor has a population of 9,000. Of course other than being absurd, it's a much larger job than either Barack Obama or Joe Biden have ever done. Add the governorship, and suddenly that experience difference is overwhelming.
Religious influences

Obama: Regards people who "cling" to religion and guns as "bitter" . Spent 20 years being mentored and led spiritually by a man who proclaimed "God damn America" from his pulpit. Mysteriously, this mentor completely disappeared from public sight about four months ago.

Palin: Head of her high school Fellowship of Christian Athletes and for many years a member of the Assemblies of God congregation whose preachers have never been known to accuse the United States of deliberately spreading the AIDS virus. They remain in full public sight and can be seen every Sunday in churches across Alaska. A proud gun owner who has been known to cling only to the carcasses of dead caribou felled by her own aim.
Most likely you'll see the Obama campaign avoid this area of the comparison as they'd like to see his 20 year relationship with Rev. Wright stay under the bus - even though the good Rev. is trying to resurface as we speak:
"This ordinary boy [Obama] just might be the first president in the history of the United States to have a black woman sleeping at 1600 Pennsylvania legally," Wright said, referring to Michelle Obama, in a sermon at the Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in Houston.
Record of bipartisan achievement

Obama: Speaks movingly of the bipartisanship needed to end the destructive politics of "Red America" and "Blue America", but votes in the Senate as a down-the-line Democrat, with one of the most liberal voting records in congress.

Palin: Ridiculed by liberals such as John Kerry as a crazed, barely human, Dick Cheney-type conservative but worked wit Democrats in the state legislature to secure landmark anti-corruption legislation.

Former state Rep. Ethan Berkowitz - a Democrat - said. "Gov. Palin has made her name fighting corruption within her own party, and I was honored when she stepped across party lines and asked me to co-author her ethics white paper."
Again the difference between words and action.
On Human Life

Obama: Devoutly pro-choice. Voted against a bill in the Illinois state senate that would have required doctors to save the lives of babies who survived abortion procedures. The implication of this position is that babies born prematurely during abortions would be left alone, unnourished and unmedicated, until they died.

Palin: Devoutly pro-life. Exercised the choice proclaimed by liberals to bring to full term a baby that had been diagnosed in utero with Down Syndrome.
Walking the walk, not just talking the talk. When confronted by the moral dilemma of a Down Syndrome child she stuck with her principles instead of quietly slipping away to have the "problem fixed".

And hubris - it doesn't seem to be a problem for Palin:
Gov Palin has never appeared on Meet the Press, never been on the cover of Newsweek. She presumably feels that, as a mother of five children married to a snowmobile champion, who also happens to be the first woman and the youngest person ever to be elected governor of her state, she has not really done enough yet to merit an autobiography.
I think the argument over experience should be focused differently. Not between Palin and Joe Biden, but Palin and Barack Obama.

And what you find is not only is John McCain vastly more qualified than Barack Obama, but so is Sarah Palin - unless, of course, you think the act of running for president for two years somehow magically qualifies you for the job. And he won't be a heartbeat away, he'll be the heartbeat in the office.

"What have you run, what have you done"? For Obama, the answers to both questions is "nothing".
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Previous Comments to this Post 

It’s true that when members of Congress release their assets and incomes, Mr. Biden famously ranks near the bottom of the pile. But let’s remember that we’re talking about a pretty privileged pile. Only in a place as removed from reality as the Beltway could a man who has spent more than three decades in the United States Senate be hailed as a working-class stiff.
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More comparisons.

Voted for Obama in 2004 senate election, 3.5 million residents of Illinois. (About 650,000 democrats in the primary)

Population of Alaska in 2006, 670,000.

Written By: Shinobi
Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden received five student draft deferments during the Vietnam War, the same number of deferments received by Vice President Dick Cheney, and later was disqualified from service because of asthma as a teenager.
Written By: Neo
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A son and a brother of Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.) are accused in two lawsuits of defrauding a former business partner and an investor of millions of dollars in a hedge fund deal that went sour, court records show.

The Democratic vice presidential candidate’s son Hunter, 38, and brother James, 59, assert instead that their former partner defrauded them by misrepresenting his experience in the hedge fund industry and recommending that they hire a lawyer with felony convictions.
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Obama was never a law professor.
Written By: Xrlq
Obama was never a law professor.
Actually, he was
Several readers have asked questions about Mr. Obama’s status at the school. Let me clarify: he started teaching as a lecturer, meaning as a member of the adjunct faculty. But in 1996, he was promoted to senior lecturer, which in Chicago’s parlance, made him a professor.
Although he was never tenured nor apparently considered for tenure-track.
Written By: MichaelW
I’m not so sure that Team Obama would have liked the headline exactly like ...

Obama defends natural disaster experience
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Written By: shark
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And Abe Lincoln went to Back of a Shovel U.
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Voted for Obama in 2004 senate election, 3.5 million residents of Illinois.
You figure for all those votes, the voters would have actually gotten something. So what major bills did he propose. In other words, what did he do other than run for president. Actually nothing.

I think the voters of Alaska got the better deal. But hey, Obamanots have their own peculiar logic.
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promoted to senior lecturer, which in Chicago’s parlance, made him a professor.
Senior lecturer, jeez that criteria qualifies me as a professor. But I was never that full of myself ;)
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unless, of course, you think the act of running for president for two years somehow magically qualifies you for the job
That is exactly the argument that I’m seeing on this issue. And it’s so guano insane that I can’t really wrap my brain around it.
Written By: physics geek
More comparisons.

Voted for Obama in 2004 senate election, 3.5 million residents of Illinois. (About 650,000 democrats in the primary)

Population of Alaska in 2006, 670,000.
Obama isn’t running against Palin, or else this would be more relevant.

Population of Delaware in 2006, 850,000.
Written By: Steverino
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More comparisons.

Voted for Obama in 2004 senate election, 3.5 million residents of Illinois. (About 650,000 democrats in the primary)
That’s a stupid comparison. As the sitting Deomcrat, he was going to get the majority of Democrat votes no matter what.

What Obama really lacks is any real accomplishments, aside from self promotion.
Written By: Don
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Note that Obama himself says he’s more qualified because he’s running a large election campain. Of course, he’s also doing a crappy job of it, so I’m not sure how far he want’s to push that argument . . .
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Physics Geek,

No kidding, that is exactly the comeback that Rather came up with this week on Meet the Press, and he said it in the most condescending way—it was just pathetic. I laughed at first. Then I couldn’t believe Pawlenty just let it go, and I was so mad to see something so stupid and transparent go unobserved. Where have you seen that argument?
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Well, besides raving nutjobs like Randy Andy has become, pretty much most of the leftist websites. And I don’t get it.

Back when I was a physics major, there was a 7-11 right next to the department where I’d go to get caffeine. There were a number of barely lucid homeless types who’d speak to me and beg for money. Since they spoke to ALL of the physics students AND professors, campaigning for cash as it were, they were obviously as qualified to a BS in Physics than I was. Shoot, I’m surprised that the school didn’t make one of them the department chair.

Sure it sounds ridiculous: it is ridiculous. However, I know that it’s freaking stupid and crazy. Strangely, the Obama supporters who’ve trotted out the "experience because he’s running" don’t seem to recognize that (a) their argument is an indicator of insanity and (b) that Palin is therefore qualified because she’s not running for Veep.

My comment above isn’t coherent, but I’m having trouble responding to such complete balderdash.

Written By: physics geek
Voted for Obama in 2004 senate election, 3.5 million residents of Illinois. (About 650,000 democrats in the primary)
Any idea how many of them were dead?
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