That “Experience” Thing

One more Palin post, and then I’m done.

Via Steve Benen, and I can’t believe I’m actually saying this, the final word on the question of whether John McCain’s picking Sarah Palin for running mate was a question of “country first” or a pure political play should go to Karl Rove.  Speaking about rumors that Obama might pick Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine for a running mate, Rove said:

“With all due respect again to Governor Kaine, he’s been a governor for three years, he’s been able but undistinguished,” Rove said. “I don’t think people could really name a big, important thing that he’s done. He was mayor of the 105th largest city in America.”

Rove continued: “So if he were to pick Governor Kaine, it would be an intensely political choice where he said, `You know what? I’m really not, first and foremost, concerned with, is this person capable of being president of the United States.”

as Benen responded:

Yes, the real problem with Tim Kaine is that he’s only been governor of a large state for three years, and before that, he was only the mayor of a mid-size city. This, of course, made him “undistinguished,” unprepared for national office, and the very idea of putting him on a national ticket was practically ridiculous.

As I said in my last post, I’m not necessarily saying Palin isn’t qualified for VP, just that we have absolutely no basis for comparison.  Obviously, since I’m an Obamaniac, I don’t think that you need 20 years in Washington to be qualified to be President.  But having some presence on the national level is vital – I wouldn’t be voting for him, no matter how well he spoke, if he were still an Illinois state legislator.  However, the McCain campaign has tried to make the argument that Obama is ‘dangerously unprepared’ for the position of President, by virtue of his massive inexperience.  So, the Palin pick tells us that McCain is either a) lying when he says that Obama is massively unprepared or b) unconcerned with the question of whether the VP needs to be the sort of person who is qualified to be president.

Which is it, Senator?

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One Response to That “Experience” Thing

  1. Jenny says:

    Did you see the pundit flip-flopping (including this quote from Rove) on the Daily Show this week?

    http://tinyurl.com/20080903-ds-gendercard

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