Saturday, August 30, 2008

Experience - Off the Table?

I've seen it argued on the left, that by picking Sarah Palin as his running mate, John McCain has taken the issue of Obama's experience off the table. After all, she was a mayor of some podunk town in Alaska before becoming Governor of Alaska less two years ago. But they haven't thought this through. If the McCain campaign continues to hammer at Obama's lack of experience and they respond with, "Sarah Palin is even less experienced," the have actually conceded the overall debate to McCain. Turned on its head, one might ask, would you rather have an experienced Vice President and inexperienced President or vice-versa? This is another reason why the Biden pick looks so bad for Obama, it sets up an odd symmetry between the two campaigns, with McCain and Biden looking right-left versions of each other and Obama-Palin having their own uniques juxtapositions. (African-American vs. Woman, inexperienced senator vs. inexperienced governor.) The problem for the Dems is that the inexperience is at the top of he ticket. To use a physics analogy, its as if the heavier nucleus is orbiting the lighter electron, not the other way around upsetting the fabric of the universe.


K T Cat said...

Go take a look at foxfier's blog and then come back and discuss experience. She's got plenty in comparison to either Obama or Biden.

B-Daddy said...

Thanks for the heads up. While I agree that those are significant accomplishments, I still think that my argument holds, because the "lack of experience" meme is so pervasive in the media. My point is that even with that argument, false as it may be, it is still a loser for Team Obama.

K T Cat said...

Ah. I understand now. I agree. The last thing they want to do is suggest that experience or accomplishments matter in some way.

In any case, Sarah Palin seems to have more accomplishments than Senator Biden. Outside of getting the Cold War, the liberation of Kuwait and the War on Terror dead wrong, what's he got in the way of foreign policy credentials?