Supporters of Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin are desperately trying to come up with anything they can think of to rebut concerns about her lack of qualifications and experience, from claiming that she has foreign policy experience because Alaska is near Russia to claims that she has national security credentials because she is “commander in chief” of the Alaska National Guard.
As ridiculous as those arguments might be, at least they don’t undermine John McCain’s claims to be qualified and experienced enough to run the country, which is what Mike Huckabee seems to be inadvertently doing:
“Over the past few days, we’ve been hearing all this stuff about how Gov. Palin doesn’t have experience. Let me tell you something, I can assure, having been a governor, myself, for 10 and a half years, she’s had more executive experience in two years than her counterpart Joe Biden has had in all the years that he’s been making speeches, because she’s been making decisions — he’s been making just simple speeches.”
Apparently, less than two years as Governor of one of the nation’s least populous states counts for more in terms of experience than Joe Biden’s 35 years in the US Senate. If that is indeed the case, then Palin’s 18 months in office must likewise count for more than John McCain’s own 22 years in the Senate.
Considering that “she’s been making decisions” while McCain’ has “been making just simple speeches,” maybe the two ought to switch positions on the ticket so that McCain can get some “executive experience” under his belt before seeking the presidency.
You’d think that the McCain campaign would realize the lunacy of this line of argument, but you’d be wrong:
The McCain campaign will launch a television ad directly comparing Gov. Palin’s executive experience as a governor who oversees 24,000 state employees, 14 statewide cabinet agencies and a $ 10 billion budget to Barack Obama’s experience as a one-term junior senator from Illinois.
So Obama has no “executive experience” because he’s only served in the Senate? Kind of like John McCain? Why is the McCain campaign running ads that undermine their own candidate’s qualifications?