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Palin is completely inexperienced and utterly incapable.

Palin is completely inexperienced and utterly incapable.

You heard me. The initial euphoria over the idea of a naughty librarian on the TV news each night for the next 4 to 8 years has worn off. Now, it back to hard, pragmatic reality and the reality is that she has no place in Washington, DC.

Want proof? Consider the following:

Only an amateur would speak off the cuff, as she usually does. Experienced politicians avoid speaking extemporaneously whenever possible. Otherwise, the electorate might find out what they really think.

If Palin had meaningful experience, she would have known that the job of Ethics Commissioner is SUPPOSED to be corrupt, thus saving her the trouble of resigning in protest and then running for the highest office in the state.

Only an amateur would attain political office by actually defeating opposing candidates at the ballot box. An experienced politician would have eliminated opposition candidates by protesting technical glitches in their nominating petitions or petitioning to change the party rules on how votes are counted in primary elections or hiring groups like ACORN to register 14 people who all, coincidentally, have the same names and reside at the same abandoned and boarded-up restaurant. Did she not once consider taking lessons from the Chicago political machine that got Obama elected? Sheesh.

Any experienced politician knows that upon assuming high office, you are supposed to demand a larger plane; not sell the useless behemoth that was recently purchased by your predecessor.

Only an amateur would implement a comprehensive energy and conservation policy shortly after taking office. A more experienced politician would have avoided the issue outright for at least 30 years while demonizing oil companies, then banning any voting on the topic followed by a recess vacation through the next election

Any experienced politician knows that once elected, you are not supposed to spend your first 20 months in office actually doing the job you were elected to do. You should be campaigning for another office – as Obama could have told her.

Sarah Palin was only supposed to TALK about government reform and utter platitudes about exiling corrupt, entrenched politicians – not actually do anything about it. She demonstrated her naivete by creating a smooth running government that included representatives of other political parties, thereby making it impossible for her to find a scapegoat if anything goes wrong.

Only a political greenhorn would thumb their nose at the environmental lobby by hunting and actually shooting moose and caribou. Worse yet, she foolishly told the truth: the proposed oil drilling site in ANWR is NOT the secret location of Eden but is, in fact, a barren wasteland.

What Sarah Palin does not seem to understand is that here in the 21st century, chief executives do not negotiate beneficial business deals for their states with foreign nations or take time to actually hang out with soldiers in Iraq. That time is better spent preening for the cameras in Berlin – something else a more seasoned and experienced politician such as Obama could have told her.

Holding oil companies accountable and successfully negotiating mutually productive agreements with them proves she does not understand their true purpose: if you work with them to the benefit of your state, you will no longer have a faceless villain to scare people into voting for you.

By creating new jobs instead of demonizing capitalism, Sarah foolishly enabled people to become more reliant on themselves and less reliant on government, hereby diminishing the dependant voter base – a classic newbie mistake. After all, if people have jobs, they will not have much need for the government and will be too busy enjoying their lives to protest the U.S., its corporations and, of course, opposing candidates.

Worse yet, Palin created a budget surplus and mailed it back to the taxpayers. Doesn’t she know that if the government generates a surplus, it’s doing something wrong? An experienced leader like Obama or Biden knows that taxpayer money belongs to the government – not to the people.

In another rankly amateurish move, she cooperated completely with government officials investigating accusations made against her. Experienced politicians know that you are supposed to stonewall, obfuscate, pressure libraries to expunge any record of unsavory political associations and ship potential witnesses off to Caribbean islands – another good reason not to sell the executive jet.

Yup, she is hopelessly inexperienced.

Sun. Aug 31, 8:05pm

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I love using PT for weight loss motivation and I come to this community bulletin board for diet and exercise tips and of course support from others who are also working hard to lose weight and get healthy. With that said, this online community is not the place for heated political discussions. I'm sure there are plenty of online communities for people to argue their political viewpoints, just not this one.

Sunday, August 31, 2008, 10:32 PM

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pp why dont you repeat this on all the other political threads or is it just this one because it makes sense and spells out the integrity of our future VP?

Monday, September 01, 2008, 1:00 AM

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ok we get it, you like her a lot. I do too as a person. I admire her but I am worried about her anti-choice stance. She can decide that for herself (I totally respect that) but not for everyone else. Same with McCain.

Monday, September 01, 2008, 11:50 AM

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Okay, you raise a good point, I will post it on all of the other ones as well.

Monday, September 01, 2008, 2:55 PM

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She's also 1) against abortion even in cases of rape and incest, 2) for mandatory teaching of creationism in the classroom.

Monday, September 01, 2008, 4:13 PM

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How do you feel about her announcement today about about her 17 year old daughter being five months pregnant?

Monday, September 01, 2008, 6:40 PM

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You suppose she is the first woman to have a 17 year old daughter get pregnant?

Monday, September 01, 2008, 7:23 PM

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As long as Bill Clintons not the father..........

Monday, September 01, 2008, 7:24 PM

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I think its hysterical that this morally self-rightous christian who I'm sure has preached "no sex before marriage" is now having to see the flaws in her own belief system sitting at her dinner table. So now she's going to have a shotgun (she'll be holding it I'm sure) wedding for this child. What is this, 1950? No, she's not the only one who has had a 17 year old daughter get pregnant but she's the only female vice president nominee to. I just think it puts a crack in the perfect exterior she was hoping to promote.

Monday, September 01, 2008, 8:32 PM

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to 7:23

No... as a matter of fact I don't think that she is the first nor do I think that my mother was the first, I am the one who asked the question about what people thought about her daughter being pregnant. It was meant to spark a conversation. I would like to know what people think.
I don't think that it was asked with a slant to one side or the other or in a way to warrant your reaction. So you can keep your attitude.

Monday, September 01, 2008, 10:28 PM

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