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Clearly, Tom, you need to get out more. There are a lot of people who aren't partisan Republicans who think Obama is very nice and admirable in many ways, but depressing to contemplate as Commander-in-Chief.

At least Palin is running for the number 2 spot, while the inexperienced Obama is running for the number 1 spot.

Do I think Palin is ready to be President? No. But then again, I'm not out canvassing for an equally inexperienced candidate to be president.

When did experience become important to Dems?

If experience is your measuring stick, both Obama and Palin come up short.

Actually, I was talking normal people you meet on a day-to-day basis, not talking heads and politicians. If you hang out with that type, well, good for you. I don't.

I love the myth that Obama and Palin are "equally qualified."

Palin, a mayor of a town of 6000 people and a couple of mouse. Then, governor of a state with less people than El Paso for a year and a half.

Obama, a senator of a fairly populous state for 8 years; a US senator for 4 years, serving on the Senate Committees for Foreign Relations, Environment and Public Works and Veterans' Affairs, Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and was Chairman of the Senate's subcommittee on European Affairs.

Yep, same thing.

She's not qualified to be VP let alone president! What is with people that they even think for a moment that -- and this is her description --"Six Pack Jane" is even in the league with John McCain or George Bush, let alone Obama?????

Unlike BHO, Palin has real, actual, honest-to-God executive experience as an elected official. Obama spent all of 143 days in the US Senate before announcing his candidacy, and during that time, many of the committees he was on never met.

More than experience, though, the real issue is ideology. Sarah Palin's ideology is far, far preferable to that of the ultraleftist Obama. However, this does not mitigate the fact that she is woefully underqualified for VP, much less POTUS. She is a compelling figure, and one that might have been ready to take the national stage in a few years, but now? Not ready for prime time.

For example, she's had no reason to have serious thoughts about Iraq, NAFTA, NATO, OPEC, the EU, the UN, American security alliances with foreign nations, and a host of other international issues. Now, she is expected to have a degree of expertise in all these areas and more. It's unrealistic, and is why she performs poorly when asked questions on international issues.

That's not the least of it, though. McCain has--just as I predicted--continued to stab conservatives in the back, continued W's job of destroying conservatism from the inside. Republicans used to be opposed to teen sex and its constant companion, teen pregnancy; now, they celebrate them. Republicans used to fight scurrilous charges of "sexism"; now, they hurl them. Republicans used to be opposed to feminist ideology and its harm to the family; now, they promote them. Republicans used to understand that men and women are different, and that someone will small children--especially a mother of small children--should not be in an all-consuming job, such as VP. Now, they can't wait to promote a woman to a position where her family will suffer even more due to her career-caused unavailability. She is yet another living example that actually, no, you can't have it all.

As a result of her nomination, and the near-unanimous acceptance of her, McCain has brought conservatism closer to death, and has lurched the Republicans party further to the left.

I still think that there's a lot to like about her, and that she could be a good national figure. Now was the wrong time to promote her to that level--but it was still a brilliant political move on McCain's part, seeing how it took the wind out of Obama's sails and boosted McCain in the polls. It probably sealed the deal for him--but we shall see.

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