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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Palin: The flame for liberal moths

Oh liberal media, of thee I sing…

After the interview with CBS’s Katie Couric, the liberal media set upon Palin like a pack of rabid hyenas on a three legged cat.

To what has their scathing criticism aimed?

Apparently Palin, the governor of the only American state with two international borders, had the audacity to defend her foreign relations experience in her meeting with Couric.

According to Palin’s critics, overseeing border and coast control between the Alaskan/Canadian and Alaskan/Russian borders is a far less relevant foreign relations experience than traveling, as Obama did, to Europe for a week.

Palin’s critics have said that her response to the experience question in the Couric and Gibson interviews lacked substance. The fact of the matter is that Palin and her supporters have regurgitated the above-mentioned specific leadership qualification ad nausea. Why didn’t Palin do so again in these two nationally broadcast interviews? According to Palin:

“The Sarah Palin in those interviews is a little bit annoyed. Because it's like, no matter what you say, you're going to get clobbered. If you cease to answer a question, you're going to get clobbered on the answer. If you choose to try to pivot and go on to another subject that you believe that Americans want to hear about, you get clobbered for that, too.”
In other words, she had given her credentials before and didn’t know what else to say in response to the same question she had gotten over and over again.

What could she have said that hadn’t already been said and then spun by the liberal media? What answer would appease them? No answer would have sufficed.

The problem is that she’s not a seasoned politician (notice I said politician, not leader). Palin has yet to learn that she need not worry about answering the question ‘correctly,’ but rather look and sound good while she’s saying it. Hey, if Obama can get on top of the democratic ticket without ever actually doing anything, there must be something to this theory.

Despite the fact that Senator Barack Obama did not visit the Middle East for 900 days until after he had won his party’s nomination; despite the fact that he currently heads the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's Subcommittee on European Affairs, but hasn’t convened a single policy hearing since he took over two years ago; and despite the fact that, as even democratic senator John Kerry admits, Obama’s foreign policy experience is entirely limited to “traveling abroad” (most of which was not work/ politically related), Palin has come under fire for her limited foreign policy experience.

So let me get this straight, Palin, the republican VICE presidential candidate, oversees border control with two countries, chiefs a national guard that has several thousand troops deployed for the current wars (and yes, National Guard deployments require a Governor's consent), and recently met with multiple heads of state from across the world at the UN Convention in New York; but she’s out of line for citing her proximity to Russia as foreign relations experience?

“Good lord in heaven! Palin said she could see Russia from her house and that Putin flew in her air space! How dare she use that as a reference? She’s clearly out of her league.”


Palin’s leadership of Alaska is an entirely relevant citation of foreign relations experience.

Anyone who thinks otherwise clearly has no idea what an executive does when they oversee military branches in such situations. Though Palin’s attempts to use imagery to paint a discriptive picture were less than perfect in her interviews with Gibson and Couric, that does not change the validity of her qualifications.

Perhaps this all says something as to why Obama supporters have jumped on the hateful propaganda bandwagon aimed at assassinating Sarah Palin's chances for success. If those followers are willing to support the junior senator from Illinois, who has spent most of his first and only term as senator running for president, never proposed or co-opted a major national bill, and retained the most liberal, non bipartisan voting record in the entire senate, then it stands to reason that those same supporters would not value the experience warranted from being a governor of a state such as Alaska.

But then again, Bill Clinton, who was originally dismissed by the media for having no foreign-relations exposure himself as the governor of the land-locked state of Arkansas, was eventually portrayed as experienced enough to be president… but he was a man… a left-leaning man who gave the liberal media the answers they wanted. Right? Right.

“But Seth,” you might say, “conservatives such as Kathleen Parker have even spoken out against Palin’s qualifications!” Yes, yes. And Obama’s running mate, Joe Biden, said that Obama was not qualified to be president and that the position did not leave room for “on-the-job training.” And Hillary Clinton said that McCain had “a life time of experience that he would bring to the white house and Senator Obama has a speech he gave in 2002.”

The long and short of the matter is that regardless of what some rogue Republican(s) might say of Palin, or how much exposure the liberal media gives those rogues in an attempt to validate their claims, Governor Sarah Palin is qualified to be the Vice President of the United States. Those who gravitate towards the media that suggest otherwise likely already had their mind made up about Palin before she even opened her mouth. It’s called the uses and gratifications theory folks; look it up.

What do the liberal media stand to gain from attacking Governor Sarah Palin in these ways? The 2008 presidential election.

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