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September 2, 2008
POLITICS: More Than Just The Mayor

Leon Wolf over at RedState has a hilarious and spot-on post about Obama's (1) ridiculous claim that running for president qualifies him to be president and (2) insistence on comparing his record to Sarah Palin's record as Mayor of Wasilla while refusing to acknowledge that the woman is Governor of Alaska. As Leon notes, using Obama's own terms of comparison:

Interesting that you should claim that the total annual budget of your campaign is approximately $432 million a year, Mr. Former Harvard Law Student. The Alaska State Budget is roughly ten times that amount. Interesting that you should mention that your campaign employs 2500 individuals. The government of the State of Alaska (which Sarah Palin is Governor of - I hate to keep mentioning this, but you and your supporters keep forgetting it) has approximately six times that many. And, just in case you're forgetting, she's been doing it for longer than you've been running your campaign (which was not nearly always as large as it currently is).

Ed Morrissey makes a similar point.

Also on the campaign:

*David Brooks on why McCain likes Palin and the shortcomings of their combined ticket. Brooks is nothing if not a guy who knows McCain's mind. An excellent read despite the horrifying implication that Brooks thinks Robert Gates should have been McCain's running mate.

*Obama refuses to follow the lead of Bush, Kerry and Gore in releasing college transcripts. (H/T). Note that McCain also does not release his, although in his case there would not be much point, as he has freely admitted graduating in the bottom of his class. But Obama stands to be much more embarrassed if his grades do not match his reputation, or perhaps by his course selection.

*I cannot possibly offer you better advice on the Palin selection than to read Beldar, who is just way ahead of everyone else on this story, in part because he was an early advocate of a Palin selection and was doing his homework on her all summer. Among others, he explains the difference between a windfall profits tax and the oil company taxes Palin actually raised, which seem to deal more directly with the oil companies' business directly with the government; tells you everything you need to know about Gov. Palin's respect for her family's privacy; tells us about Palin's background as a debater; and revisits her role running the Alaska Oil & Gas Conservation Commission.

*I hope you watched Fred Thompson's barn-burner of a speech tonight (Fred was in fine form, although in a few spots he could have used a pause to get a drink of water). Unfortunately, I gather that most of the networks skipped the speech, or at least the first half of it. Which stinks, given that the GOP already shaved the first night off its convention. Of course, a fair amount of what Fred covered is well-known enough to people who read blogs, but it was still very well done, and even I learned something - I had not known that McCain opposed President Reagan's deployment of peacekeeping troops to Lebanon, a decision Reagan later described as the worst mistake of his presidency. (Lieberman's speech was solid and more directly aimed at swing voters, but of course his delivery is famously dry).

Posted by Baseball Crank at 11:34 PM | Politics 2008 | Comments (15) | TrackBack (0)

Crank - As the Obamabphiles keep tearing down at Palin, will this in the end cause more married female voters to jump ship? I have to think that all this Palin belittling (bashing) after Hillary bashing has got to disgust married as well as older female voters who were 'trailblazers' in corproate America 20-30 years ago and dealt with similar crudeness. I keep saying married female voters, because that was such a critical improvement in Bush's numbers in the 2004 election compared to 2000.

After all, Bernie Mac died, and people forgot the horribly sexist jokes he told at an Obama fundraiser.

Posted by: Son Of Brock Landers at September 3, 2008 11:32 AM

This is a major gaffe on Obama's part and it's a shame it won't get more mainstream publicity.

1) He is comparing his experience to hers, which is exactly the trap. He is running for Pres, she for VP. Does he think Americans are so dumb they won't see that difference.

2) She actually does have more experience than he does. I will grant that "Running for President" is experience, but before Obama did that, he had almost no experience, unquestionably less than Palin.

3) Refusing to acknowledge that she is a Governor. What, can he not get over the fact that a woman can be a state governor?

It all reeks of arrogance.

Posted by: per14 at September 3, 2008 11:56 AM

The main reason the GOP cut short the first night of the convention was to show that the unmitigated disaster that used to be called FEMA, which Bush and his henchmen destroyed, was now a viable entity again, and that they cared.

Posted by: Daryl Rosenblatt at September 3, 2008 12:01 PM

Obama shouldn't have directly compared his experience to hers; it was a strategic error on his part. His response should have been as follows:

"It is ironic that the Republicans, who have been criticizing my lack of experience since the beginning, would pick someone with Sarah Palin's resume to be a heartbeat away from the presidency. I guess experience doesn't matter to Republicans after all.

"And it insults the intelligence of female Democrats to assume that they would consider voting for Palin just because she happens to be a woman."

Posted by: MVH at September 3, 2008 12:23 PM

Experience does matter to the Republicans. Which is why McCain chose someone with more experience than Obama as his running mate. And which is why the GOP chose a Presidential nominee that actually has an immense amount of experience.

The Democrats picked someone with even less experience than Palin as their Pres. nominee. So if Obama is elected, we won't even have to contemplate a heartbeat stopping in order for the terrifying scenario of an inexperienced President to arise. It will be there from day 1.

Maybe some female Democrats are insulted and frankly I can understand why. But I've talked to more than a few who are changing their vote, or seriously contemplating it.

Posted by: per14 at September 3, 2008 2:52 PM

"the unmitigated disaster that used to be called FEMA which Bush and his henchmen destroyed"-I must have missed this, they destroyed it ? When? How did they do it? and if its is viable entity again that would be because of everyone except Bush, right?

BTW- was it destroyed at any point during the natural disasters that occured both before and after Katrina? Sort of intersting how all the other state get hit with hurricanes and they don't have nearly any of the problems that occured in N.O or L.A.

Better question-how come the other states that were hit by Katrina faired better than Louisiana? maybe, it was the total lack of preparation by Mayor Nagin despite over a 1 years notice that NO was not prepared for a hurricane? or maybe was it the thousand buses or so that just sat in parking lots instead of evacuating the citizens or the trains going in and out of N.O with no passengers or the cops running away, or Gov. Blanco sitting on her hands for 2 days before sending in the National Guard-no wait- it was George Bush and FEMA a thousand miles away.

Do you know how large FEMA is?
Do you know what the job of FEMA is? Do you know what the job of local governments are during a disaster? Would it surprise you to know that the disaster plans for hurricanes are all predicated on the local and state government doing the overwhelming amount of the work and taking care of the first 2-3 days of a disaster? Just so you know I was involved in the hurricane/disaster planning for NYC and I know of what I speak.

You want to know what happened in Katrina-total breakdown on the local and state level the only thing done for those people during the first few days was done by the Coast Guard -ie the Federal Govt. FEMA is a co-ordinating agency-not a first or second responder-its relatively small and that headcount is for the entire US and had to deal with the effects of Katrina in what?.... 3 or 4 states.

Posted by: dch at September 3, 2008 3:27 PM

As a matter of fact dch, I do. Bush the first and then Bill Clinton both considered FEMA important, and built it up, staffing it well. Clinton took what Bush I did and made it better, but I still give credit to GHWB. I am not letting hacks like Nagin off the hook, nor do I consider it FEMA's fault that Katrina hit, nor is it their job to rebuild. But it was W's fault that an idiot horse trainer was in charge of the agency that is charged with taking care of national priorities, and this after 9/11. You know, an attack where W decided that he basically screwed up under (yes you might say he didn't), but don't even try to defend what FEMA became under Dubya. And that is what they destroyed: the viablility of an agency that was pretty good. Wow, he made it better than it was. Not hard to do. Also his job. Clap. Clap. Clap. About time he did it.

Posted by: Daryl Rosenblatt at September 3, 2008 3:42 PM


Palin needs to tell the nation tonight that being a mother will cause her to campaign a little less. She should say that, unlike Obama, she will not have the time to make it to 57 states!

Posted by: stan at September 3, 2008 4:10 PM

Her record shows she is experienced in using her power to advance personal grievances and fill government positions with political hacks.

Posted by: Berto at September 3, 2008 5:24 PM

Her record shows she is experienced in using her power to advance personal grievances and fill government positions with political hacks.

Posted by: Berto at September 3, 2008 5:24 PM

Her record shows she is experienced in using her power to advance personal grievances and fill government positions with political hacks.

Posted by: Berto at September 3, 2008 5:24 PM

Just to get you on record, Berto: you think Trooper Wooten is the kind of person you want as a law enforcement officer? Because, you know, abusive husbands who toss around death threats and use stun guns on their kids are not exactly even my idea of poster boys for the Democrats. But hey, what do I know?

fill government positions with political hacks

Well, that describes an awful lot of people who fill govt positions. I understand that Palin cleaned house of the existing GOP apparatus and thus had to stoop to hiring some Democrats, but if you have specific examples with supporting links, fire away.

Posted by: Crank at September 3, 2008 5:38 PM

Political hacks?!

Like Chicago perhaps?

Posted by: stan at September 3, 2008 6:22 PM

Threatened to fire the town librarian because she didn't support her book-banning ideas.,8599,1837918,00.html

She didn't fire Wooten because he used a stun gun on hiskid or was abusive to his wife. She did it because she has no problem using her authority to sette personal grievances.
BTW, did you see her (publicly paid for) lawyer admit that Ken Starr pursued a political vendetta against Bill Clinton?
Here's the quote:
“Our concern is that Hollis French [the Anchorage Democrat and former state prosecutor who is project director for the legislative investigation] turns into Ken Starr and uses public money to pursue a political vendetta rather than truly pursue an honest inquiry into an alleged ethics issue,” Van Flein said in an interview.

Just goes to show you, if you wait 10 years or more Conservatives will admit you were right all along.

Want to talk about stun guns and tasers? In the words of the worst US President of all-time, "Bring it on."
Police should be charged with assault and battery when they use tasers as a disciplinary tool.

Finally, will you call out Palin for lying to the American public about the "Bridge to nowhere" and what she told Congress?
Maybe Chris Matthews will report that she would lick the ladies room floor to be elected.

Posted by: Berto at September 3, 2008 10:44 PM

Just to be "fair and balanced", I support Palin and her daughters right to choose whether to carry Bristol's unborn baby to term.
After all, why should it be anyone's business but the family?

Posted by: Berto at September 3, 2008 10:47 PM
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