Friday, August 29, 2008

Ah!

OK, I get it now.

The selection of former part-time, small-town mayor Sarah Palin as John McCain's vice president really helps explain why Tom Peavey resigned as mayor of Bogart. Obviously he's in the running for a potential cabinet seat in a McCain Administration.

6 Comments:

Blogger Brian said...

McGinty:

She has spent two years as the governor of a state, and taken on big oil and corruption. Obama has spent four years in the Senate. They aren't that different. Except she's the VP, not the presidential candidate.

BB

2:29 PM  
Blogger Jmac said...

Technically, she spent 18 months as governor, but why quibble ...

This pick underwhelms me for a variety of reasons

As far as your direct comparison to Obama, I think it's a weak analogy. While Obama does lack the years logged of a McCain or Biden, he does have twice as much national political experience, has run a national campaign and served on the foreign relations committee. In addition, I think equating a term as the part-time mayor of a town with a population of 8,000 people to four terms as a state legislator in which he served 220,000 people is a stretch.

I could contrast her with Biden, but that would just be embarassing for her.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not hating on small town politics. I wouldn't run a blog overwhelmingly devoted to small town politics if I didn't find them essential to our worlds.

But this pick underwhelms me and, yes, I think the fact that she is just a handful of months removed from a part-time job in small town politics is one of those reasons. It's a purely political pick designed to attract women solely because she's a woman, and she doesn't even strike me as the most qualified Republican woman for the job (Condi Rice and Kay Bailey Hutchinson pop into my head off the bat).

It's a political pick, not a serious one focused on who is the best partner for governing.

I've got more thoughts on this because it smacks so much of pandering it's incredulous. It's one of the reasons I prayed Obama would not pick Clinton because that, too, would have been a pandering move rather than a rational one geared toward who is the best candidate to assist in governing.

He made the wise choice, and it appears McCain did not.

3:48 PM  
Blogger Oconee Democrat said...

Peavey can kick your scrawny butt with any number of girls softball team while Palin can impale you with moose antlers

4:08 PM  
Blogger Nicki said...

She has not taken on big oil -- she's taken on the board governing it. She is a staunch supporter of drilling in ANWR.

4:15 PM  
Blogger bill said...

I stole this from another comments thread, but I think it sums it up nicely.

It's popular to say that Obama is "inexperienced," even though his experience and professional qualifications match those of Abe Lincoln, and that guy seemed to have a decent grip on things, when all is said and done. But there is "8 years of state legislature and 4 of US Senate" level of 'inexperienced', and there is "4-year mayor of a town of 5,000 and governor for 18 months" level of 'inexperienced'. A man in her sitation would never have been considered for the job, much less selected. Palin is, plain and simple, an 'affirmative action' hire.

11:08 PM  
Blogger Javier said...

McCain picked her as VP for the same reason Bill picked Monica for an internship.

10:52 AM  

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