Monday, November 17, 2008

Failin' Palin

OK, I can't let it go just yet. One of the things that most annoyed me during the recent election cycle was attempts by Republican talking heads to equate Palin's experience as Mayor of Wasilla and Governor of Alaska with Obama's experience in the Illinois and U.S. Senates.

What nobody seemed willing to acknowledge was that it's not just the quantity of experience that counts, but also the quality. As mayor, Palin had to hire a Town Manager for the first time in Wasilla's history -- hardly a testament to her executive ability. And in under two years as Governor, she managed to chalk up enough acts of nepotism and abuse of power to be found guilty of ethics abuses -- something that takes most executives at least a full term to achieve.

On reflection, maybe she has the qualities to be a Republican Vice President... but Democrats hold their candidates for national office to a higher standard.

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