It’s not about ‘experience’, it’s about ‘judgement’
All the talk about Sarah Palin’s pick for VP yesterday focused on the topic of ‘experience’ and comparing her experience to (the Democratic PRESIDENTIAL nominee) Obama’s experience. That totally misses the point. Obama’s ‘experience’ reflects NOTHING on his ability to make tough choices, and decisions under fire. There is nothing in his resume that can be applauded as the perfect case study for his ability to sit ‘with no precondtions’ (or for that matter ‘with conditions’) across the table with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Sarah Palin’s experience shows that she has incredible judgement. She has proved herself exceptional capable at beating superiors, and with power players. Her judgement is built on a character that will not stand for financial mismanagement and corruption, and her judgement brought down big players. She STOOD AGAINST her own parties incumbent Governor Murkowski (who had been in power from 1981 to 2002 as Senator, and from 2002 to 2004 as Governor), AND WON. She has the character to be Thatcher who was known as the “Iron Lady’ (other female heads of state have been known by this name also).
Obama had his own opportunity to stand up to corruption in 2005. This is how it had unfolded
In August 2005, Obama nearly ran into trouble with Daley when he hedged on whether he’d support the mayor for re-election in light of the corruption investigations at City Hall.
Asked then if he planned to support the mayor or if the corruption probes might have given him pause, the senator replied, “What’s happened — some of the reports I’ve seen in your newspaper, I think, give me huge pause.”
An hour later, he called the Sun-Times saying he wanted to clarify his remarks. Obama said the mayor was “obviously going through a rough patch right now.” But he also said Chicago has “never looked better” and that “significant progress has been made on a variety of fronts.” The senator said then it was “way premature” to talk about endorsements because the mayor had not yet announced his candidacy.
Daley didn’t hold a grudge against Obama. He reportedly concluded that the freshman senator had been trapped by a loaded question.
The freshman senator didn’t pass the grade then. His leadership as Illinois senator was flacid. Has he in the interim learned courage to stand on his beliefs and convictions to be a freshman President?
Oh, courage is a CHARACTER trait, and not learned. Sorry.
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