Originally Posted by e1618978
She has the same level of qualifications as Obama does.
A: Bullshit. Surely one of the stupidest Republican talking points of decade, which is quite the accomplishment.
B: Obama ran for the nomination. He presented his bona fides
to the electorate, argued his case. People could read his books, study his proposals, listen to his speeches, evaluate his demeanor, make their choice. Enough of them are apparently satisfied that his time in state and federal senates and the work he did before that qualify him to be president. We'll get a chance to express that choice against in November.
Palin was simply dropped on us. Nobody got to evaluate her but McCain. It was McCain's choice, not ours. It's not Palin's fault that she is not only inexperienced, but appears to have no record of being concerned with larger issues, or even desiring a larger role in the American decision making process. That's John McCain's choice, and the first significant one of his campaign. When it was Obama's turn to make that choice, he picked a seasoned veteran.
Part of Obama's qualification is that he's running for the office
. It means he's willing to expend the vast, almost unimaginable resources to get that job and do that work. It means he's thought long and hard about America's role in the world, domestic policy, how one structures an administration, how one goes about enacting policy, and what, ideally, America would look like if one had the audacity to think that big.
Do you imagine Palin thinks that way? Up until recently, she was saying that she wasn't even sure what the Vice President did. She's said that "she hopes" that America has a plan in Iraq, since her kid is going there, and "it better not be about oil."
Now, maybe you find it comforting that she appears to have the same relationship to the larger issues of the day as your average semi-informed voter, but I don't. Again, are you saying that you would be comfortable with Palin as Commander-in-Chief? Because she's an avid outdoorsman and gun owner? Because you figure she can study up real quick on what "the plan" is in Iraq and proceed from their? Because, how hard could it be, right?