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RE: The election is basically over.


RE: The election is basically over.
by Stefanie at 1:09 pm EDT, Aug 29, 2008

Decius wrote:

Stefanie wrote:
I disagree. You can't dismiss her without dismissing Obama for all the same reasons.

Simply put, yes I can. There is now a wide swath of Republicans arguing that her two years as Governor of Alaska is "executive experience" exceeding that of Obama and so there is nothing more to say about her qualifications. This is a silly oversimplification that only a blind partisan would make and I'm sorry but the objective public is simply not going to buy into it.

Furthermore, I like her efforts to reduce taxes and corruption in Alaska, but neither makes her qualified to be President of the United States.

Obama is widely perceived to be an extraordinary statesman and intellectual who has the ability to develop a deep understanding of about challenging policy issues, and leverage those understandings to move the country in a new direction on a number of different fronts. I don't mean to disparage Palin but she does not carry that kind of weight.

Nor does Obama carry the kind of weight you describe. When you suggest that Obama "is widely perceived to be an extraordinary statesman and intellectual," I agree that it's all about "perception," but I disagree that said perception is very wide. Among hardcore leftists, he might be thought of that way, but he certainly isn't among the general population.

Obama won't take our country into a new direction. He'll do what he can to plunge us further into socialism and reliance on big, inefficient government, which is where we've been headed for decades.

The "objective public"? Were that the case, we wouldn't be limited to two parties.

RE: The election is basically over.

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