Friday, October 3, 2008

Elections Are Not a Paris Hilton Popularity Contest...Palin Is Not Qualified

A very interesting Editorial in the New York Times...partially shared below, succinctly spells out why Sarah Palin is not qualified to hold National Office, let alone be a breath away from the Presidency of the United States of America. The bar set for her was ridiculously low, as if showing up looking pretty, and avoiding a MAJOR foot in mouth moment was enough to give her glowing reviews, and a passing grade. This is not high school where a Monica can get you an A in Algebra , or in the case of Sarah Palin's daughter, pregnant. This is not Hollywood, or some Glam Mag where the one with the biggest hooters, or the prettiest smile wins and endorsement deal, and the chance to be Paris Hilton's new best friend!

My Aunt was the mayor of New Carlisle Ohio, which has a population base significantly larger than the town Sarah Palin was mayor of, but my Aunt would never claim to have the necessary qualifications to be Vice President of the United States. Sure, Alaska is a LARGE state in size, but there is little in the way of real infrastructure when compared to almost every other state in the USA. In fact, Alaska could not financially survive if it were not a welfare state, almost totally dependent on handouts from the lower 48 via federal government handouts. Big deal, Sarah Palin has been governor of said state for about two years. The two things she is most famous for are A) a pipeline that may not even be built which saddled the tax payers with a half billion dollars in debt, and B) Troopergate.

Stop treating our Presidential Election like it's a Reality TV Show, stop acting like the race for the White House is another episode of American Idol.

The Vice-Presidential Debate

Published: October 2, 2008 (Link to Editorial)

We cannot recall when there were lower expectations for a candidate than the ones that preceded Sarah Palin’s appearance in Thursday night’s vice-presidential debate with Joseph Biden. After a series of stumbling interviews that raised serious doubts even among conservatives about her fitness to serve as vice president, Ms. Palin had to do little more than say one or two sensible things and avoid an election-defining gaffe.

By that standard, but only by that standard, the governor of Alaska did well. But Ms. Palin never really got beyond her talking points in 90 minutes, mostly repeating clich├ęs and tired attack lines and energetically refusing to answer far too many questions.

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