Ever since John McCain announced Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate, the Democrats have been running around talking about inexperience. Not really a subject the Democrats should be putting front and center in their campaign that features a candidate at the top of their ticket who’s biggest accomplishments are “community organizing” and a speech in 2002.
Nevertheless, experience is suddenly an issue for them in the campaign as they attack Palin’s experience… which happens to be more executive experience, and more experience on energy and troop command than either of the two guys on the Democrat ticket.
And the MSM is also suddenly concerned about experience in the Presidential race… and in their breathless support of their Democrat candidates they’re trying to paint the Presidential matchup as being between the Republican VP nominee and the Democrat Presidential choice - because they know John McCain has more experience than Obama has years on this earth.
It’s ironic that they’re questioning the McCain/Palin ticket because the V.P. might not be ready to lead this country, while they’re supporting a ticket where the TOP of the ticket is equally, or more, ill-equipped to lead the nation.
But it seems even the Democrat candidates themselves are trying to, subconciously or not, confuse the American public as to who’s actually at the top of their ticket.
Here’s Joe Biden this weekend:
“I will be back, I’ll be back to campaign in earnest,” Biden said, “but today is not the moment for me to campaign. Today is the moment for me as a United States senator running for president to put aside the national politics and focus on what’s happening down there” in the Gulf Coast.
And here was Obama introducing Biden as his running mate:
“So let me introduce to you the next president…
Maybe they figure they’ll catch some folks not paying attention who will vote for the Biden/Obama ticket. Then again, they think their base is made up of idiots, so it might work.
UPDATE: Obama responds to the issue that McCain’s VP choice actually has more executive experience than he does by claiming that his running for President makes him more qualified to be President. Huh?
“Well, you know, my understanding is that, uh, Governor Palin’s town of Wasilly [sic] has, uh, 50 employees, uh, uh, we’ve got 2500, uh, in this campaign. I think their budget is maybe $12 million a year. Uh, uh, we have a budget of about three times that just for the month. Uh, so I think that, uh, our ability to manage large systems, uh, and to, uh, execute, uh, I think has been made clear over the last couple of years. Uh, and certainly, in terms of, uh, the legislation that I’ve passed just dealing with this issue post-Katrina, uh, of how we handle emergency management. The fact that, uh, many of my recommendations were adopted and are being put in place, uh, as we speak indicates to extent to which we can provide the kinds of support and good service that the American people expect.”
As Ed puts it:
By that standard, anyone who ever ran for any public office has executive experience — and that also kills their own experience argument against Palin anyway.
It is interesting, though, that everytime the Democrats refer to Palin’s executive experience, (aside from forgetting that the highly experienced John McCain is running against Obama at the top of the ticket) they point to her experience as a Mayor of a small town and completely ignore the fact that she’s been governor of a state for several years. And the motive is obvious.