She is not qualified. She is a gun nut. Her daughter is pregnant. She is too young. She is too old. She is too tall. She is too short.
Since I am pretty much the lone conservative voice here in the Tribune, I can easily judge the selection of Palin from the (over) reaction of my liberal peers.
Clearly, they are scared. McCain’s choice frightens them. They thought the young and totally inexperienced Barack Obama was their ticket back into power. Fighting a white-guy ticket of McCain/Romney, as most of us expected it to be, was a dream come true for self-loathing liberal white guys.
The first truly “presidential” decision for Obama and McCain was the V.P. selection, and Obama selecting Biden was one of the biggest political blunders of all time. This choice alone shows why no serious American would vote for Obama. Biden has failed miserably in several attempts to secure the Democratic nomination for president. He brings nothing of great importance, or charisma, to the ticket. Americans, even the most liberal Americans, find him to be ho-hum at best.
McCain also stole the liberal’s favorite theme of the supposed “glass ceiling” for women by selecting Palin. Obviously, McCain’s age is a factor, and Palin would be but a heartbeat away from being the most influential woman in the world since Margaret Thatcher.
In liberal theology, women are officially a “minority,” an absurdity they never address since the facts are that women outnumber men in both real numbers and in voter registration. Be that as it may, Palin now takes away the sacred cow of being the champion of the “minority” from the left. No longer can they harp on how the GOP “discriminates” against women, especially since their ticket now is made up of men — one of which has been in the Senate so long he may challenge Strom Thurmond for longevity.
On the issue of qualification, is Palin qualified to be president? This is a much more serious question, and one that deserves careful scrutiny by voters.
My first question on qualification: What exactly is a “community organizer”? When that — with a full job description as well as actual examples of what Barack Obama did, the only alleged real job the Democratic ideal for president held — is answered, then the issue of Palin can be given greater scrutiny.
Is Palin qualified to be president? Yes and no. No, if many years of both private sector work and meaningful executive experience are required.
But yes — YES with capital letters — if we compare her to Barack Obama. The real question: Is Obama qualified? Using the same exact standards the left is currently attempting to smear Palin with, the answer is clearly no. And Palin is the V.P., not the president. McCain on experience and qualifications runs circles around the eloquent but empty suit of Barack Obama.
Obama’s main credentials are simple: He is a mulatto, and liberals for whatever weird reason are convinced the United States needs to turn over its leadership to anyone but the terrible white people.
Funny thing is, the same liberals who are always getting on their moral high horse about race relations in America are overwhelmingly white. Look here in the Tribune for an example. There are no minority or even women columnists. All white, male and, except for a token or two, hard core liberal. (I have publicly asked them to resign and demand a “minority” replace them — to practice private “affirmative action” — but naturally, they ignore my requests. They, of course, in typical liberal fashion exempt themselves from what they demand of others).
Palin has re-energized a moribund conservative wing of the GOP and the liberals correctly sense this as a huge threat — the dreaded silent majority is back. Choosing Biden had the opposite effect: a huge demoralizing letdown and disappointment. What should have been a crushing Democratic sweep has been nullified. November is still a ways off, but as my liberal fellow columnists can feel (and lament), the winds of change blow towards the right.
Ira Hansen is a lifelong resident of Sparks and owner of Ira Hansen and Sons Plumbing.