CNN poll: 50% say Palin isn’t qualified to be president

posted at 9:24 pm on August 31, 2008 by Allahpundit

That’ll change, of course, as she does better or worse on the trail, but it ain’t the point you want to start from, needless to say. I don’t know what to make of the fact that Gallup’s poll yesterday answered this same question with a slim plurality saying she is qualified. Has opinion already shifted that much in 24 hours?

The good news: Maverick trails Obama only 49/48post-convention. Not only is that the highest percentage I can recall him pulling offhand, but it jibes with Gallup’s data showing Barry O already starting to lose some of his bounce (albeit still holding to a six-point lead). In other words, bizarrely, the doubts about her qualifications don’t seem to be hurting the appeal of the pick … yet. In fact, not only is she +17 in favorable/unfavorable with 41 percent undecided, but 57 percent say the pick reflects favorably on McCain’s judgment in making important presidential decisions. How on earth does that square with the majority who think she’s unqualified? Is she simply that personally appealing that they’re willing to roll the dice on someone they don’t necessarily trust as VP?

Maybe, yeah.

Feeling good now? Fired up and ready to go? Then let this pessimist stalwart crap all over that for you. Click the image below and skip ahead to 1:05:30 for some worrisomely bad vibes during the Palin segment of Frank Luntz’s Minnesota focus group this afternoon. Exit question: Should a blogger with nerves of tin really be covering this beat until November? Time to ask the boss to relegate me to gossip items and viral videos, yes?

Update: So much for identity politics: “Women now appear slightly more likely to vote for Obama than they did a week ago, 53 percent now, compared to 50 percent. But McCain picked up a couple of points among men. More important, McCain solidified his party’s base with the Palin selection, dropping Obama’s share of the Republican vote six points to just 5 percent now.”

Update: A reader e-mails to clarify: The 50 percent who say she’s unqualified is obviously a subset of the 59 percent overall who know enough about her to form an opinion. 41 percent don’t know enough about her yet to form any opinions.


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Why should I give a crap what those stupid bastards that Luntz always seems to find urinating behind dumpsters think about anything?
I’m sick of seeing those dimwitted self-proclaimed “independent” or “undecided” voters. And the spaectacle of Luntz running around divining their mouse droppings. Pathetic.
It’s as phoney as those sad sacks the DNC paraded around in Denver. It reminded me of the old “Queen for a Day” show.
Leave the stage managing to the Stalinists in the Democrat Party.
Back to reality…
McCain is raking in millions from the previously-ignored base of the Republican Party and Obama, after that Leni Riefenstahl-directed Nuremberg Rally that the MSM staged for him, is back to square one, and sinking.

TexasJew on September 1, 2008 at 12:38 AM

TexasJew on September 1, 2008 at 12:38 AM

OMG, Good laugh before I go to bed….

Static21 on September 1, 2008 at 12:43 AM

and didn’t say a damn thing that anyone could possibly understand.

Over.

1GooDDaDDy on September 1, 2008 at 12:37 AM

Those with much matter understand and those who don’t understand don’t have much matter.

MB4 on September 1, 2008 at 12:48 AM

CNN polls are right up there in “credibility” with that of John Edwards and John Kerry.
“McCain/Palin 08″ is a winner.
Eat Your Hearts out “Dumbocrats”!!!!

bucko36 on September 1, 2008 at 12:49 AM

Why should I give a crap what those stupid bastards that Luntz always seems to find urinating behind dumpsters think about anything?
I’m sick of seeing those dimwitted self-proclaimed “independent” or “undecided” voters. And the spaectacle of Luntz running around divining their mouse droppings. Pathetic.

+1

Mike Honcho on September 1, 2008 at 12:49 AM

Forget Palin. Read McCain’s interview with Wallace, slowly, thoughtfully. Straight talk, my ass. He’s lying through his teeth about her background and qualifications. He’s lying so blatantly that even he knows it and is probably ashamed of himself. sanguine4 on August 31, 2008 at 10:34 PM

Ok, I’ll bite. Please list these lies for me. What information do you have to rebut his statements?

Separate issue:

For all the death talk about McCain, let’s put in in perspective. Doctor’s have given his skin cancer less than a 10% chance of returning. That was immediately after treatment at which time they also said his risk declines with each passing, clear year. Everyone on earth has an equal or greater risk of cancer than McCain. So that is a non issue. Other than that, he’s old. Okay, fine. Tell me, out of all the candidates, which ones have parents that are still alive? Answer- only McCain and Palin

Moving on to Obama. I despise this fact, but it’s a fact none the less- can you think of a more likely assassination target? Again, I hate to be the one to say it but there you go. His life expectancy as president is equal to or lesser than McCain’s by virtue of that reality, as horrible as that is.

Next up is Biden. 65 yrs. old and 2 aneurysms. 1 of those just killed Stephanie Tubb Jones. The risk of him suddenly dropping like a rock is significant and he’s over even greater risk of having a completely debilitating stroke if he lives through another one. Aneurysms are related to heart disease and stress. Do the math.

Sarah Palin is immortal and cannot be killed. She has been known to drop a moose at 150 yards by throwing a bullet through it with her bare hands… jokes aside, in addition to being Ms. Congeniality, she is also least likely to die.

So, on the Obama/ Biden ticket, I give odds of President Pelosi within 4 years at about 50%

On the McCain/ Palin ticket, President Palin in 4 years at 30%, President Pelosi 0%.

Damiano on September 1, 2008 at 12:51 AM

With all the wining about Palin’s experience coming from the left and the right, is anyone surprised that she is at 50%?
All these conservatives complaining about experience is crap. Since today’s measure of a politician’s political experience usually equals how long someone has been selling real conservatives out, I’ll take a new gun toting, anti-abortion, anti-corruption crusader, over any of the others.

mtbunji on September 1, 2008 at 12:52 AM

Tell me, out of all the candidates, which ones have parents that are still alive? Answer- only McCain and Palin

Joe Biden’s mom is still alive. She was at the Democratic National Convention last week. Just sayin…

jaleach on September 1, 2008 at 12:56 AM

In other words, bizarrely, the doubts about her qualifications don’t seem to be hurting the appeal of the pick … yet.

Perhaps, as some have suggested, Palin’s short resume is showing just how short Obama’s is.

It is amusing the Republican VP candidate has about as much experience as the Democrat presidential candidate (and more executive experience), and all the media want to talk about is the former.

18-1 on September 1, 2008 at 1:01 AM

Those with much matter understand and those who don’t understand don’t have much matter.
MB4 on September 1, 2008 at 12:48 AM

That’s some reeaallly heavy “Panama Red” you’re smokin’ there in your mothers attic.

Can you say, “Timothy Leary’s Dead”

Over.

1GooDDaDDy on September 1, 2008 at 1:01 AM

WOW!I didn’t know this:”he-he”. Talk about bloopers!!
http://www.maniacworld.com/horrible-Obama-blooper.html

bucko36 on September 1, 2008 at 1:06 AM

Joe Biden’s mom is still alive. She was at the Democratic National Convention last week. Just sayin…

jaleach on September 1, 2008 at 12:56 AM

Your right. I realized that a second after I hit post. I stand corrected.

Still, I stand by my death poll estimates.

Separate issue:
“It is insulting to compare Hillary’s lifetime of service and her commitment to progressive causes with that of a novice, right-wing governor,” Mr. Cecil said.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/01/us/politics/01clinton.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

Don’t make her angry. You wouldn’t like her when she’s angry. She’ll pull out her green pant suit.

Not that it’s relevant to compare the person that lost the Democratic Primary (however illegitimately) to the least qualified nominee in history. But for fun, let’s go there.

Clinton’s resume:
- Senator since 2001, won because Guiliani dropped out due to prostate cancer scare.
- Married to Bill Clinton
- Lost primary to Barack Obama
- Responsible for healthcare platform that her husband ran on, which was a complete failure for 8 years.
- Named lot of Post Offices in NY as Senator

vs.

- 10 year mayor
- First term Governor (2 years)
- Won her elections without carpetbagging, coattails or opponents getting cancer.
- Delivered on campaign promises in first year as Gov.

Damiano on September 1, 2008 at 1:08 AM

Who did they poll the CNN lunchroom?????

oxnard777 on September 1, 2008 at 1:09 AM

Here’s another interesting point:

Do none of these Senators realize that a Governor has the authority to replace them? Yes, US Senators are elected officials who serve in a Federal office, but if a Senator leaves, they are replaced by appointment by their state’s Governor.

Prior to 1913, Senator’s were selected not by the electorate, but by the state senate and governor and served at the discretion of the state legislature and governor.

Damiano on September 1, 2008 at 1:20 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiOIEGM7XEs

bayam on August 31, 2008 at 11:35 PM

Obviously it has. Compare her delivery in the video you linked to the speech she gave in Dayton. You know what? Some people have just got it, and she is one of them. How else could little ol’ hockey mom force a commissioner on oil and natural gas to admit wrong doing and pay a fine, reform that commission, unseat an intrenched incumbent governor supported by an intrenched good old boy network, get a corrupt State Attorney General fired, and all this in a bare handful of years? What was it about being mayor of a town of 9,000 that prepared her to do those things? Whatever it was, she knew how to put it to use, and step it up to the next level. It’s called talent. McCain saw it; that’s why he picked her. Do you think he wants to get embarrassed? Smell the smoke and get out of the way.

I think you make some very good points and agree that she’s done some impressive things. But keep in mind that these accomplishments were made in a state of less than 750,000 (the size of the Little Rock area to give former Clinton bashers some perspective). You may be right that she can handle DC, but Romney and others have much more impressive credentials and were clearly more prepared to assume the role of President, if necessary.

If the party can wash over her shortcomings, then it’s a good pick as she can help win suburban voters and cut into Obama’s lead among women.

bayam on September 1, 2008 at 1:26 AM

That’s some reeaallly heavy “Panama Red” you’re smokin’ there in your mothers attic.

It just seems that way to your dull senses. And really now, “your mother’s attic”. How adolescent and sterile.

Can you say, “Timothy Leary’s Dead”

I wasn’t able to attend his funeral, but I am pretty sure that I did send a nice card saying that I approved.

Over.

1GooDDaDDy on September 1, 2008 at 1:01 AM

Out.

MB4 on September 1, 2008 at 1:27 AM

I think you make some very good points and agree that she’s done some impressive things. But keep in mind that these accomplishments were made in a state of less than 750,000 (the size of the Little Rock area to give former Clinton bashers some perspective). You may be right that she can handle DC, but Romney and others have much more impressive credentials and were clearly more prepared to assume the role of President, if necessary.

If the party can wash over her shortcomings, then it’s a good pick as she can help win suburban voters and cut into Obama’s lead among women.

bayam on September 1, 2008 at 1:26 AM

Statistics on the State of Delaware:
- 2nd smallest state in the union, smallest is Rhode Island
- 2007 population- 853,476 people

Statistics on Alaska:
- Largest state in the union
- 2007 population- 670,053 people

Senator job description:
- 1 of 2 people elected to the legislative branch to cast to deliberate issues in the interest of the state

Governor job description:
- Executive branch of State government
- CoC of State’s National Guard
- Presides over the Senate

Which is better VP material again?

Damiano on September 1, 2008 at 1:37 AM

Some noted that on Friday, Sarah Palin was speaking without notes, and speculated about whether or not she was using a teleprompter. I was watching this speech http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-eH2Uw9UmE, and started getting that dejavu all over again feeling. So I went back to this speech, the one she made on Friday, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVSQZhQq9eY&feature=related , and sure enough, they are very, very similar–in many places, virtually identical. I would have to conclude then, that she was speaking from memory. How does that rate, in terms of competence? Not as good as speaking that well off the cuff, but better than speaking that well from a teleprompter? I welcome your thoughts.

smellthecoffee on September 1, 2008 at 1:45 AM

A “Newsbreak” reveals that Hillay Clinton “Is Appalled” at Palin asserting that she could take over “The Hillary Mantra” for women. I would advise Sarah Palin to go on camera and respond to Hillary thus: “Would you like to compare marriages?” Case closed, Palin wins over at least 25% of those Hillary supporters. That’s all McCain/Palin needs to win.

Nostradamus on September 1, 2008 at 1:49 AM

I saw Luntz during the 2004 debates. His “subjects” were mostly dimwits that could hardly put a sentence together. I’m not sure how he keeps his job… but then again Alan Colmes is still on the air so go figure.

Mr_Magoo on September 1, 2008 at 1:51 AM

There is a point when you decide.

Connie on September 1, 2008 at 1:52 AM

Speaking of VP material. I read Harry Truman’s wikipedia entry. From today’s “good government” model, it is hard to understand the grip of machine politics has on people.

In 1934, Pendergast’s aides suggested Harry Truman as a candidate for Senator; after three other men turned him down, Pendergast reluctantly backed Truman as the candidate for the 1934 U.S. Senate election for Missouri….On election day, four people were killed at the polls, prompting various investigations into Kansas City election practices.

Later when VP Truman was not in the Roosevelt loop. Surprise. (They did this knowing that Roosevelt was getting worse)

Let’s see, machine, Daley machine….Obama. Wow, maybe the good government people don’t know this.

r keller on September 1, 2008 at 1:54 AM

TexasJew on September 1, 2008 at 12:38 AM

exactly. Those Luntz ‘independents’ who appear on TV are surprisingly well paid

Some of you new to Hotair have a Need to Know: MB4 fancies himself the Resident Gadfly here, and loves to make up fake and often odd quotations. Thinking himself clever and cute, he plays with words he doesn’t understand

Janos Hunyadi on September 1, 2008 at 1:57 AM

smellthecoffee on September 1, 2008 at 1:45 AM

She’s great, in my book. And always with a killer smile.

It’s called political speaking – stock soundbites joined together in different configurations and it is the only way to speak, unless you want to accidentally blurt out inconsistent McCainian sidetrips to Hades, spazzing around and tripping all over your Florsheims.
Watch McCain’s perilous approval of a Windfall Profits tax during a speech in January of this year. it was truly a low-point in the long history of McCainian pandering.

At least Sarah Palin doesn’t say “uh..uh..uh..ah..uh..ah..uh..”
forty seven times then puke out some stock DNC talking points like a certain Anointed candidate we know.
Of course, the MSM calls that type of speaking “thoughtful”, although in an older person, it would be called “a series of ministrokes”.

Have you ever seen an unedited version of an Obama question and answer session? It’s like a series of short words, punctuated by lines and lines of dots. And it’s just a lot of crap.

And Biden? Watch his recent off-the-cuff sobriety test on youtube sometime. Maybe he’s heading for Tom Eagleton territory.
Paging Her Royal Thighness!

No, I enjoy watching Sarah Palin speak.So she says “world of hurt” whenever she describes what is going to happen to us if we don’t drill in ANWR? That oft-repeated line sounds better to my ears than McCain running around with a microphone saying off-the-cuff Tourette-like statements like “I don’t like those big oil companies.” while he desperately tries to defend American free enterprise.

TexasJew on September 1, 2008 at 2:16 AM

It seems to me that there is far more interest and excitement over Palin then there is over McCain, even when McCain won.

Johnny 100 Pesos on September 1, 2008 at 2:23 AM

I enjoyed the moment when Luntz, in his oh-so-scientific way, commands that the “camera crew should not be laughing at the responses”.

As Oscar Wilde so famously said about “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”, “One must have a heart of stone to read the death of little Nell without laughing.”

TexasJew on September 1, 2008 at 2:28 AM

Dude, Frank is in Minnesota. I think there’s four republicans and six independents there. They’re the ones putting automated foot washers on every dam street corner and in every school. Get over it.

Griz on September 1, 2008 at 2:33 AM

As Oscar Wilde so famously said about “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”, “One must have a heart of stone to read the death of little Nell without laughing.”

TexasJew on September 1, 2008 at 2:28 AM

Oops – I meant the “five hanky” Death of Little Nell scene in Dicken’s “Old Curiosity Shop”
My English lit professor would have flunked me for that stupid gaffe!
Now that soppy book would have been at the very top of Oprah’s list..

TexasJew on September 1, 2008 at 2:37 AM

If 50% think Palin isn’t qualified to be President. Then that same 50% must thnk the same of Obama! Riiiight!

aLoha Tim on September 1, 2008 at 2:39 AM

If 50% think Palin isn’t qualified to be President. Then that same 50% must thnk the same of Obama! Riiiight!

aLoha Tim on September 1, 2008 at 2:39 AM

Close.

50% THINK that she’s unqualified because the MSM has so far only talked about her maternal qualities. The same people are CERTAIN that Obama is unqualified.

Damiano on September 1, 2008 at 2:43 AM

Question:

What would it take to get someone to ask Obama, on camera, why he is more experienced than Palin?

“Err…ummmm….uuuuhhh… I have always said… eeerr.. I.. ummm… John McCain is 4 more years of the same… ummmmm… and… if you look at that question from a philosophical or scientific perspective…aaahhhhh… well… I am proud of Joe Biden, who thinks she is very attractive… and….errr… well… when I was a Community Organizer…ahhh…. ummm… it’s above my paygrade.”

Damiano on September 1, 2008 at 2:49 AM

Question:

What would it take to get someone to ask Obama, on camera, why he is more experienced than Palin?

I already know what my one question to Obama would be…

“What is a typical white person?”

surrounded on September 1, 2008 at 3:01 AM

More than 50% say the MSM isn’t unqualified.

Halley on September 1, 2008 at 3:39 AM

There was no place else to post this, so I figured I’d deviate a bit on the women theme.

Cindy McCain has mostly been out of the spotlight and has appeared, to my eyes, more trophy wife than anything else. Not that that is a bad thing, since there is no particular requirement for First Lady other than a wedding ring. But then I saw her with Stephanopoulos today:

http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=5694261

I am happy to stand corrected. This woman screams First Lady. After seeing this, I wish there were a First Lady debate scheduled. After trying to put up with Michelle Obama’s initial hatred, phony Martha Stewart makeover and her ridiculously scripted BS speech last week that sent me into diabetic shock, Cindy McCain comes off like a gift from heaven. I would vote McCain for no other reason than to have Palin as VP and Cindy as First Lady. Between those two, the country would run fine if Johnny boy did nothing but go fishing for 4 years.

Damiano on September 1, 2008 at 3:59 AM

Those with much matter understand and those who don’t understand don’t have much matter.

MB4 on September 1, 2008 at 12:48 AM

Michael Moore has a surplus of matter, yet he still does not understand ;)

BKennedy on September 1, 2008 at 4:51 AM

Sarah Palin is made of awesome….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kci9dlwOKLU

BostonBeatnik on September 1, 2008 at 5:46 AM

TexasJew on September 1, 2008 at 12:38 AM

You are fast becoming my favorite poster here!

twoarmman on September 1, 2008 at 6:34 AM

I can’t open the Luntz video, but I do know that in the past when focus group groupies were asked to name a single accomplishment of Barack Obama, they could not.

I don’t think the same will be true about Sarah Palin who has accomplished a lot as a Governor and reformer. We need to take some of the 5 million the McCain campaign hauled in since she was named, and use that in an a ad blitz.

Buy Danish on September 1, 2008 at 7:10 AM

Exit question: Should a blogger with nerves of tin really be covering this beat until November?

Yes. Consider yourself lucky that this is all you’ve been asked to do. There are bigger, tougher fights going on.

Time to ask the boss to relegate me to gossip items and viral videos, yes?

No. We all like our toys, but one of the reasons that we have such serious conflicts on so many fronts is because we conservatives like to enjoy what life has to offer and by quietly minding our own business we tend to let everybody else set the agenda.

“Progressive liberals” frequently spout utter nonsense and we conservatives for the most part politely ignore them, and that has proven to be a bad strategy because their nonsense then reappears as policy and gets encapsulated in law. Since conservatives tend to respect and uphold the law, we end up supporting things we never wanted, and which destroy what we value.

We all need to do more. So, please be so kind as to hold your ground and encourage those around you.

YiZhangZhe on September 1, 2008 at 7:45 AM

I know a lot has been made about the “population size” that Gov. Palin has governed over.
Here’s the thing: It’s not the size of the population governed. It’s the people that Palin has surrounded herself with while governing, coupled with good judgement.
Living in small towns, and currently living in a middle-sized town (30,000 people)…having a bad mayor and Gov (not even going to try spelling IL govs name!)can impact people’s lives greatly.
People here hate the mayor. He’s raised taxes on gasoline (back in May) by .04 a gallon, bought new trash trucks 6 months ago that dont work. The regualtions on how you put your trash out is ridilous. They actually send you color photographs of the offending garage, with notes and threats of fines if not fixed next time.

Just a couple of examples…but its the people you surround yourself with to make good decisions that affect peoples lives.

Another example: take a look at who Obama surrounds himself with…

stuck_in_Obama_land on September 1, 2008 at 8:35 AM

garbage…I need more coffee :)

stuck_in_Obama_land on September 1, 2008 at 8:38 AM

“The 50 percent who say she’s unqualified is obviously a subset of the 59 percent overall who know enough about her to form an opinion. 41 percent don’t know enough about her yet to form any opinions.

Sarah is truly a Honey from Heaven…

She can do a flip flop with the best of ‘em…

Remember the “Bridge to Nowhere” she was against it before she was for it. She took the money an ran once she got the greenbacks in here hot little hands.

Sarah’s worse than a tax and spend liberal, she’s raised taxes in Alaska more than any governor in its fifty year history…

She raised taxes, 15% her first year in office and 3% in her second.

She confronted the corrupt Republicans in office, whooped them at their own game…

She then took a page right out of there book by playing dirty power politics for the personal benefit of her own family.

Whooa Honey, you’re a real piece of work…

You’re the one…!

J_Gocht on September 1, 2008 at 8:54 AM

. – CoC of State’s National Guard Damiano on September 1, 2008 at 1:37 AM

Maj. Gen. Craig Campbell, adjutant general of the Alaska National Guard: “…he said he and Palin play no role in national defense activities, even when they involve the Alaska National Guard. The entire operation is under federal control, and the governor is not briefed on situations.

Sen. Lindsay Graham of South Carolina: “Governor Palin took on Ted Stevens. If she can take him on, she can take on the Russians.” Stevens, a Republican senator, is facing corruption charges and running for re-election.

Actually Sarah thinks Stevens is one helluva a guy and has continually supported him and never has “taken him on…!”

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty: “Palin is commander-in-chief of the Alaskan National Guard.” The state’s Guard has about 4,000 members.

From McCain’s wife, Cindy, came a geographic assessment of qualification: “Alaska is the closest part of our continent to Russia. So, it’s not as if she doesn’t understand what’s at stake here.”

Personally Cindy’s statement is the one that clinches by confidence in Sarah’s ability to be a real leader when the chips are down…!

J_Gocht on September 1, 2008 at 9:38 AM

You’re the one…! – J_Gocht on September 1, 2008 at 8:54 AM

And you are number two.

ManlyRash on September 1, 2008 at 10:29 AM

It is striking to me how emotional and bitter the arguments attacks tend to be against Palin.

But back to the experience question. If, Heaven forbid, something happens to McCain, I don’t think the Vice President position remains vacant. Does the Chief of Staff vanish at the death of a President? The advisers? Secretary of Defense, Secretary of State?

The critics make it sound like she would be sitting alone in the Oval Office, making life-and-death decisions without thought or consultation.

Maybe I don’t understand. Does the entire staff at the White House disappear with the President?

Mini14 on September 1, 2008 at 10:32 AM

Personally Cindy’s statement is the one that clinches by confidence in Sarah’s ability to be a real leader when the chips are down…! – J_Gocht on September 1, 2008 at 9:38 AM

Rather a shame that all Sarah can count for accomplishment is her 10 years of executive experience as a mayor and a governor.

If only she could have started out as a community organizer for a corrupt political machine, then move on to begin her political career at the side of an unrepentant terrorist, then work as a part-time legislator in the Illinois state senate (yes, it is a part-time job), then get elected to the U.S. Senate and immediately begin a run for the presidency.

If only she could have had the foresight to attend a racist, America-hating church for 20 years.

If only she could have opposed legislation that permits the infanticide of defective children instead of carrying her own Down Syndrome baby to term.

If only.

ManlyRash on September 1, 2008 at 10:36 AM

It is striking to me how emotional and bitter the arguments attacks tend to be against Palin.- Mini14 on September 1, 2008 at 10:32 AM

They are terrified of her – a sure sign that McCain made the peerfect choice.

ManlyRash on September 1, 2008 at 10:38 AM

Exit question: Should a blogger with nerves of tin really be covering this beat until November? Time to ask the boss to relegate me to gossip items and viral videos, yes?

No Allah, we need you here. Everyone’s been swept up in the Palin excitement, myself included, we need your objectiveness.

4shoes on September 1, 2008 at 11:56 AM

J_Gocht on September 1, 2008 at 8:54 AM

Wow you have that revisionist history thing down. I have seldom scene a better job of twisting facts to say what you want them to say. You should apply with the DNC to make ads.

petunia on September 1, 2008 at 11:58 AM

I saw this poll question on CNN’s news website. The question was stated as, “Who has the most experience to be the Vice President”. This was a tricky question. Biden does have more years in service to our country BUT that does not mean that he is the best candidate.

I doubt that CNN has the courage to offer another poll asking the same question about the Presidential candidates! McCain would win overwhelming IF the responders would be truthful.

Janesense on September 1, 2008 at 12:02 PM

Good thing she’s not running for President then isn’t it?

The correct response is just to point out that you really ought to have experience at the top of the ticket, while the Vice President should be for younger up and coming stars who need a little seasoning before becoming President. Then make a snarky comment about how the Democrats have gotten it backwards… as usual.

Sackett on September 1, 2008 at 12:51 PM

ManlyRash on September 1, 2008 at 10:29 AM

That’s a bit of a nasty hitch in your get along, Manly.

J_Gocht on September 1, 2008 at 1:05 PM

And . . . is Palin running for President?

The entire idea behind picking a VP is that you go for someone who will complement you. McCain doesn’t need someone with a long track record to boast of. He’s got that locked down. I’d be far more concerned about the guy who wants to be President – the one whose “change” mantra has been smacked to next week – if I worked there.

Ryan Gandy on September 1, 2008 at 2:56 PM

So. Neither was Bill ‘finger pointing’ Clinton

johnnyU on September 1, 2008 at 3:33 PM

… It is true that Palin is less qualified to be President than Barry O. It is just the way it is. It is one of the exposures that McCain chose to battle when he chose her.

Hawthorne on August 31, 2008 at 11:29 PM

Your post starts with a premise that I don’t think you can really support. Exactly how is Obama more qualified than Palin? From being a community organizer? A state senator? A US senator in his first term who’s done almost nothing but run for President?

People don’t vote for Obama because he’s qualified. They vote for him in spite of his lack of qualifications. Maybe because they think he’s smart enough to figure it out as he goes. Maybe because they bought his “above the fray” persona. Maybe because they find him inspiring.

In terms of concrete experience, Palin gives up nothing to Obama. His experience is all legislative, hers is at least executive. He’s benefited primarily from powerful friends who backed his political career, which is why he’s friends with Ayers, Rezko, and Jeremiah Wright. They all had political influence. Palin has stood much more on her own two feet.

I don’t mind admitting I’d prefer she had more experience. But she trumps Obama’s experience already, and even beats McCain and Biden in terms of actual executive experience. Plus, she shows great promise for the future.

She’s not an ideal candidate, but there aren’t any ideal candidates running in this election, either at the top or the bottom of the ticket.

theregoestheneighborhood on September 1, 2008 at 3:43 PM

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