The further to the left or the right you move, the more your lens on life distorts.

Saturday, August 30, 2008


Within an hour of her selection as Vice Presidential candidate, CNN televised a full report on a Sarah Palin "scandal" involving the dismissal of a public safety director who refused to fire a state trooper who was involved in a nasty divorce with Palin's sister. Fair enough.

It is, however, interesting that in the full year since he announced his presidential bid, CNN has not fully addressed the "scandals" that connect Barack Obama to convicted felon Tony Resko or past domestic terrorist, Bill Ayers. One hour -- Palin. One year and counting -- Obama.

It's also amusing to read the hissy fit just written by Jonathan Alter in Newsweek (and echoed by many others including the DNC), in which he criticized Palin for her service as mayor of an Alaskan city of 9,000 people (without mentioning that she's now governor of the state). Apparently without appreciating the extreme irony in his comments, Alter suggests that she lacks foreign policy experience. Uh ... Jonathan, Barack Obama lacks foreign policy experience and he running for President not VP. What's even more amusing is that Sarah Palin has more governmental executive experience than both Senators Obama and Biden combined!

Does Sarah Palin have the experience to be President of the United States? No, she doesn't. But neither did Harry Truman when he was nominated. What Palin has (and Truman had) is the benefit of on the job training. That's part of the job description of the VP. Barack Obama on the other hand, does not have that luxury. Lacking experience, he suggests that his "judgment" is what matters. Hmmm. That would be the same judgement that got him involved in the "scandals" that CNN refuses to report?