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I watched McCain try to make the case that Palin is more qualified to be president than Obama and I all but peed myself laughing . . . it was a pathetic exercise. To claim someone with less than a half term as governor of a small state (in terms of population) and two terms as mayor of a town of 6500, along with being on the PTA is qualified to be president is laughable. McCain in picking her just gave away his biggest argument against Obama, that he is not qualified to be president.
Maybe it's voters like me who prove Don's points about the need for less democracy.
I despise and hate what I see in both parties yet I keep leaning towards Republican candidates even though their foreign policy sickens me and their pro-life agenda consists of lip service. I think I know why I lean Republican. I honestly think it's because when I first came of age to vote I was what some would probably label a "militant republican". I, a typical evangelical, thought I held a moral high ground. I recently read an article about how our brain rewards us (with hormones) when we defend our beliefs and ideals even though we know they may quite possibly be false. It's literally like a drug addiction to believe and defend something and fight for that no matter the knowledge. Could this be why I still lean Republican?
A good example is Sarah Palin. I truly know when I stop and think about it that her experience is truly slim to none. I realize that she is having many family issues right now, and I believe McCain could have done much better in choosing a prepared VP candidate , , even though I think those things I find myself desiring to defend her because she is a Republican . . Anyone know of any support groups that help with addictions to the Republican Party?
Obama or McCain. We have come a long ways here guys and many thoughts have been put forth upon the cyber table here. But [it] looks like I was totally off base, and totally wrong about most all my thoughts in this thread. But one thing I do know is this [election] is up in the air right now, and its anyone’s game. However I do know what ever person wins this . . Is just another puppet controlled by the higher powers that no one sees. Its always been this way, and nothing will change.
. . MSM has to handle McCain with some care due to his military record but Governor Palin has no such 'protection.' In the same way that the GOP has resorted to character attacks, so too will the Dems resort to character attacks on Palin. If they can, they will "question" everything from her choice in breakfast cereal to the way she walks her dog. Bear in mind that this happens every four years. No candidate is immune.
Originally posted by Justin Oldham
that's why language skills matter. Pick and choose your words carefully, and you can get your meaning across.
I think you're going to find that Sarah Palin is more than just a pretty face. Her speech at last night's convention demonstated that. With all due respect to the women that Grover mentioned, none are quite as skilled in oratory.
Today's politician has to be telegenic, and highly skilled in advanced oratory. They have to be capable of putting on a very good show. That's going to mean that a lot of homely wonks are left out. It's going to mean that some of our best and brightest don't get to serve.
1. The Federal Government controls more land inside our State than it does in any other THREE States, combined. That's a management headache that no other governor has to contend with.
2. 65% of our official State Overhead is eaten up by Federal regs that apply only to Alaska, and to no other State in the Union. This includes speciality limitation on foriegn trade which no otehr State leader has to deal with.
No matter who our governor is, they must wear many hats. Republican or Democrat, they have an adversarial relationship with Washington that exists for no otehr governor. Our last Democratic governor was Tony Knowles, and he spent quite a bit of his time in litigation with Uncle Sam. Alaska fights for State's Rights in a way that nobody else does.
I would say that the governorship of Alaska is a lot more complicated than the mainstream media wants to make it sound. Alaska is not Pettycoat Junction, and Juneau is not Mr. Drucker's general store. Our population is small, but our GDP rivals any other State. Laws relating to resources make up one third of our State's codification. That's more than you'll find in any other State in our Union.
Because our State constitution is so specifically geared toward resource development, management, and exploitation, our Governors are tasked with issues relating to foreign relations, overseas trade, and National Interest Lands. No other State in the Union has to deal with these things to the same extent.