Politics: Trying to cut through the feldercarb
Who would you choose to be your vice-presidential candidate?
Someone who has served two terms in the US House and is serving a second term in the US Senate
A one term US Senator?
Who would you feel better about being president?
A two term state senator and one term governor
Someone who served as a city council member, mayor and is serving a first term as governor?
Who would you elect?
A graduate of Yale and Boston College Law School
A graduate of Yale and Harvard Business School?
For political news nuts, you know what I'm getting at!
John Kerry is a graduate of Yale and Boston College Law School while George W. Bush is a graduate of Yale and Harvard Business School. Bush was considered by critics to be too stupid to be president.
Jimmy Carter was a two term state senator and one term governor and was elected president and Sarah Palin served as a city council member, mayor and is serving a first term as governor and has been nominated to be vice-president. Palin is considered by critics to be too much of a novice to be veep.
Dan Quayle had served two terms in the US House and was serving a second term in the US Senate when tapped by George H. W. Bush to be his VP while John Edwards was a one term US Senator when he ran as veep in 2004. Critics said Quayle was too inexperienced to be VP while Edwards was hailed as a fresh choice for a new generation of leadership.
Politics isn't tossing beanbags but the piling on of Palin is ridiculous. If one is going to knock her for being inexperienced than you have to say Obama's experience is thin too. If you are going to give credit to Obama for having special qualities beyond experience then you have to acknowledge that Palin has some special qualities too.
When we elect someone, we primarily look at policy (do they more often than not hold the views I do?), special qualities (is there something about this person that says leadership?) and experience (does this person have the various types of life experiences that causes me to trust them to make good decisions when the inevitable crisis arrives on his or her desk?).
It is the combination of these things that lead me to support McCain-Palin.
As an ethnic minority (American of Chinese ancestry), I think Obama's success story says something good about this country. I've read about Joe Biden's personal life story of tragedy and fighting back from health problems and admire his love for his family and perseverance.
Nonetheless, elections are about choices and I believe that the McCain-Palin team offers the better mix of policy, qualities and experiences for America.
Being in LA, that view is a rare one!
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