Politics is a game requiring sharp elbows...nothing new about that but some of the reactions I am reading from Obama and company about McCain's pick of Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska is reflective of some serious "chutzpah" [translation: nerve].
According to the Huffington Post, the reaction by the Obama camp was something along the lines of "McCain wants to put the Mayor of a city of 9000 a heartbeat away from the Presidency." Hmmm, let's review. Yes she was a mayor following a stint as councilwoman, but she IS a Governor [of a very important state in terms of our national energy policy], and she has run a business. To create an accurate parallel, the Democrats want someone who has been a community organizer to be the next President [hey if they can skip over qualifications so can anyone else]! Now perhaps she isn't qualified but honestly, unless you are going to make accurate comparisons, it's hard to listen to such drivel without laughing. She has more experience in elected office than Obama! Whoops! I forgot. She didn't make a speech [about why getting into Iraq was wrong]! However, we don't even know that much yet!
We have a long history of Governors who become President unless Obama is losing his memory after such a taxing night. Some were good and some were hideous but the Governor's mansion has long been considered an appropriate stepping stone to the White House; more so than the US Senate and certainly more than any state Senator or someone in community service.
Other Democrats are making similar arguments now that a very familiar "shoe of inexperience is on the other foot." Ain't politics grand! The knives are out!
The media is making even riskier claims at least as seen on the Huffington Post. Wondering whether a former local beauty queen is qualified to be VP but making no equivalent claims about a self-described drug user once again borders on the sexist terrain they ran so far afoul of in the primaries.
Now I don't know if Palin is or isn't qualified yet but I don't think anyone knows that yet. Obama has had 20 months to introduce himself to the public so at least give Palin 24 hours!
The next two months will be very interesting!