A commenter says:
For me, an independent,arguing over the respective “experience” of Obama or Palin is like arguing over which set of “The Emperor’s New Clothes” are better.
In my long experience as a voter, they have to be the two most inexperienced people ever nominated by a major party for the highest offices in the land.
One party gives me a complete lightweight and the other gives me a 72 year old man with a history of cancer who could have a stroke tomorrow but whose understudy is a complete lightweight. With these as my choices, I really am at a loss.
I don’t accept the characterization of Palin as a lightweight. But, just for the sake of argument, let’s assume that Palin is much of a lightweight as Obama.
This is still an incredibly easy question to answer.
If the choice is between a certain lightweight and the possibility of a lightweight, which would you choose?
If someone gave you a 100% chance of losing ten dollars, or the possibility of losing ten dollars, which would you choose?
If you were offered the choice of a) a certain punishment of having to read Andrew Sullivan for 24 straight hours, or b) the mere possibility of having to read his tripe for 24 agonizing hours, which would you choose?
Why is this even a question?
I had this debate with a colleague today, who kept saying that he was comparing Palin to Obama, and worried that McCain might kick off after 2, 3, or 4 years.
“Wait a second,” I said. “Why are you comparing Palin to Obama? Obama is running against John McCain. I think people are going to be surprised when they tune in for the presidential debate and see that the person sitting across from Obama is not Sarah Palin, but a guy named John McCain. A guy whose experience blows Obama away. And when voters see that, with their eyes, all that Democrat carping about experience is going to boomerang onto Obama with a vengeance.”
Say McCain kicks off after 2 years. You’re telling me that Obama is more ready to be President after 4 years of being a Senator than Sarah Palin would be after two years of being a Governor, coupled with two years of being the Vice President of the United States?
This isn’t praise of the concept of learning on the job, mind you. It’s just presenting the reality that Obama would be diving in unprepared on Day One, whereas Palin would almost certainly have the benefit of some experience as a Vice President before becoming President — unless you think McCain is going to choke on that pretzel while his hand is still on the Bible.
It’s the difference between Number One and Number Two. Number One starts on Day One.
Somehow, the Democrats have managed to convince some members of the public that this is Obama vs. Palin. But it’s not — and when the debates come around, that will be clear.
And Sarah Palin is going to absolutely mop the floor with Smarmy Joe Biden. If you want to see her in action in a debate, check out PrestoPundit’s video of the 2006 gubernatorial debate.
Excitable/hysterical pundits notwithstanding, this is not a woman without substance. And that’s the real answer to the commenter’s question. Sarah Palin is no “lightweight” anyway. So calm down and get ready to fill that bubble in for McCain-Palin.