Monday, September 15, 2008

Palin VP Qualified says Obama

Sarah Palin is qualified to be Vice President.

Don't just take my word for it. Senator Barack Obama(D-Ill), Democrat nominee for President, thinks so, too. Here's what The One had to say about the former Mayor and current Governor, "The mayors have some of the toughest jobs in the country because that's where the rubber hits the road. You know, we yak in the Senate; they actually have to fill potholes and trim trees and make sure the garbage is taken away."

Piling On Palin
By INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY Posted Monday, September 15, 2008 4:20 PM PT

Election '08: ABC's Charles Gibson does his best to prove that Gov. Sarah Palin is unqualified to be vice president. But there's no entrance exam for veep. Is she qualified? Barack Obama seems to think so.

In the best tradition of "gotcha" journalism, Gibson asked Palin in a one-on-one interview last week, "Do you agree with the Bush Doctrine?" Palin, aware of its many definitions and potential applications, replied, "In what respect, Charlie?" She was not "confused" as some have reported. She was asking for clarification of a patronizing and classically dumb question.

There are various definitions of the "Bush Doctrine" which, unlike the Monroe Doctrine, is not written down and is open to interpretation. Columnist Charles Krauthammer, who first coined the phrase, says he would define it as Bush's post 9/11 aim of fighting terror by draining the swamp and replacing tyranny with democracy.

Gibson then seemed to scold her like a professor lecturing a student, saying it meant "anticipatory self-defense" or pre-emption in a tone he would not use on Biden or Obama.

We prefer to think it means, as President Reagan so eloquently put it, "We win. They lose."

However defined, it is infinitely better, and safer than the Obama Doctrine: "Can we talk?"

Palin supports the admission of Georgia and Ukraine into NATO, which prompted Gibson to breathlessly ask: "And under the NATO treaty, wouldn't we then have to go to war if Russia went into Georgia?" Yes, Charlie, that's what Article 5 says, even under a President Obama. The whole idea of NATO is collective security to deter any attack.

"The agreement when you are a NATO ally is if another country is attacked, you're going to be expected to be called upon and help." This was a better answer than Obama's initial reaction to Moscow's aggression that both sides go to a neutral corner, as if both were at fault.

Their continued attack on Palin's bona fides after being mayor and governor contrasts sharply to the media's blind acceptance of Obama's prior "experience" as a community organizer.

Even Obama admitted in his book, "Dreams From My Father": "When classmates in college asked me just what it was that a community organizer did, I couldn't answer them directly." He'd also be hard-pressed to explain what he accomplished in that role. But don't expect the media to press him.

At a forum last week on national service, Obama was asked if Democrats, in going after Palin's qualifications to be vice president, have belittled the service small-town mayors perform every day.

"We've had an awful lot of small-town mayors at the Democratic Convention, I assure you," Obama said. "I meet them all the time. The mayors have some of the toughest jobs in the country because that's where the rubber hits the road. You know, we yak in the Senate; they actually have to fill potholes and trim trees and make sure the garbage is taken away."

Sort of like being a community organizer, only with actual responsibilities.
Governor Palin has many opinions, views, and policy positions and none seem to be above her pay grade.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.


Mike's America said...

If anyone had asked Charlie Gibson what the "Bush Doctrine" was two weeks ago he would not have had a clue.

Amazing how smug one can appear when one is backed up with a team of researchers and writers.

Indigo Red said...

Two weeks ago, even George Bush would have been hardpressed to define the Bush Doctrine, too. It's an evolving doctrine that has necessarily changed with the circumstances.

When Palin was asked, I didn't know exactly what it was either. And I'm still not clear on the Truman Doctrine.

Tom said...

Gibson's interview was a setup, and was edited to boot.

And if Obama's really made these comments, I hope the Republicans use it in their commercials.

Indigo Red said...

Well, Tom, he can't deny what is in the books - he wrote them. Unless he wants to admit he didn'twrite them.

The comment about the mayors is on tape and I heard him say those words. Eventually, all of his words will bite him in the ass.

Tom said...

Hopefully, it will be sooner than later.