Originally Posted by gpamp
I know you've made this turnover by voting Republican. And I realize part of that is being over-the-top apologetic for Sarah Palin. But seriously. The 1 1/2 year she's put in as Governer of the least populated state has not prepared her for this. She does not have the experience, mentally. You can say "oh yeah? What about Obama's experience??" But you can't honestly look at Palin & Obama together and think that she'd be a good president. If you can, you've drank some kind of kool-aid.
Like when she was on Hannity. She was defending her really expensive clothes. She went into this "If people only knew. I shop at a resale shop called Out of the Closet. And get my shoes at..." etc. And Hannity kept laughing and saying "ha! yeah!" I had to urk a little at his willingness to believe whatever comes out her mouth, and his attempt at propaganda for the party. At least when Olbermann does it for the left, he uses provable facts.
I would have voted for a centrist Democrat, if one existed. McCain was closer towards the center than Obama. Well, Obama isn't anywhere near the center. He was ranked the most liberal Senator in the Senate in 2007. That explains that.
I don't think Palin is the ideal candidate for VP. I do, however, understand the motivations for selecting her and the timing behind it. It was to try and capture some or all of the angry female voters that felt disenfranchised when Hillary lost to Obama. And it worked, initially. There was a boost in the polls for the McCain camp. It has since dropped because when she is in an unscripted interview she seems unprepared and uniformed. That's what's killing us right now IMO. However, I DO NOT feel that she is incompetent. She's a bright woman that has been thrust into the spotlight and I think she is feeling very overwhelmed. Her life changed dramatically on August 29. Becoming an international figure overnight is quite a change in lifestyle. I'm not a sexist, nor a fatalist. I think she would do well enough and put forth the effort to learn the role. I don't think she would be complacent. I respect her and I think she has accomplished a lot in her life. I think you could do worse than Sarah Palin.
As to her experience...I don't see how journalist, city council, Mayor, and Governor makes her unqualified? And Wyoming is the least populated state, not Alaska. I didn't realize state population was a variable in this debate. So, by your logic. The Governors (Democrat or Republic/Male or Female) of Wyoming, Vermont, and North Dakota would not be qualified to run for VP. Those are states that have less population than Alaska.
How does less than 4 years in the Senate make Obama supremely qualified? Or launching your Presidential campaign just 25 months after being sworn into the Senate? How is being brazen and overly ambitious translate to having tenure?
It's an endless debate. All you can do is vote for the candidate you believe will best represent your interests and hope for the best.