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Ready On Day One? Get Serious!

So many people have said that Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin is somebody with so much executive experience, along with her two time stint as the vetoing Mayor of Wasilla, she will be ready to replace a would be President John McCain any moment it’s necessary come day one. However, Ms. Palin just isn’t ready for an in depth interview with a reporter on day one. Today is the twelfth day since Mr. McCain announced his greatest political stratagem, or depending on perspective his greatest act of political lunacy, Ms. Palin as his vice presidential running mate. And to date, she’s been protected from the media as if the reporters were more like the proverbial pit bulls instead of the lipstick wearing hockey mom.

One of the biggest problems I had with this lame duck George Bush presidency was its lack of candor with the American people. How many times has the American public had to settle for the President telling reporters that he flat out isn’t going to answer questions or talk about issues that were affecting the American public?

Mr. President will you tell us who is behind your energy policy?
I’ve decided that I’m not going to talk about that.
Mr. President will you tell the American people why you gave Blackwater Security a billion dollar no bid contract to protect the refineries in Louisiana after hurricane Katrina?
I sincerely hope you’re not going to hold your breath while you’re waiting for me to answer.
Mr. President will you explain why you continue to give Exxon/Mobile a three billion dollar tax cut after one of their most profitable quarters but give the American people only three hundred dollars?
This interview’s over!

But now we are supposed to believe that this woman who is so courageous that she can stand up to all those big nasty Republican politicians that were forcing the Gravina Island Bridge on those poor people in Alaska, but she doesn’t have the bold initiative to stand before news reporters and talk about her personal beliefs and philosophies and why she is the best person to serve as a Republican vice President. What happened to all that talk about being ready day one? I’ve seen people on the news give interviews right at the moment something happened or some choice is made. Not many people have the luxury of saying, I’m running for public office but you can’t ask me questions about me for the next couple of weeks. But I’m ready on day one!

And when the reporters do get to ask what Americans want to know, the Republican Party will make sure its down with the softest of kid gloves and the gentlest of softball questions. Hey boys and girls! Say hello to Sarah Palin! Let’s give her a big hand for coming to the Romper Room Reporting Network! She’s the Governor and Mayor with so much executive experience that she’s ready to run our big old government on day one even though it’s taken her two weeks to prepare for our little show and tell segment! So Sarah could you please tell the boys and girls out in TV land what makes you so smart and why that big black man who wants to be the President is such a meanie wienie?

Given the fact that this woman, and all the people who support her, wants to be the back up study just in case the President goes down for the count, the American public needs to know who she is and where she comes from and what’s her thought process. Personally, I think you can look at the woman’s record to see how she handled her executive authority. We can see her delivery in her acceptance speech to see how easily she manipulates facts to suit her agenda. We can see first hand the lack of success of her abstinence only sex education program right in her own home with the pregnancy of her seventeen year old daughter but her refusal to readjust or try anything different that might be successful.  We can see how the newest, brightest, start in the Republican galaxy secludes herself from the public as evidence of her inability to withstand scrutiny or to be ready at a moments notice.  It’s just an interview.  What would she do if she had to run the country?

We’ve already had eight years of a President who views the world through rose colored glasses. We don’t need such limited and thoughtless leadership one more day than absolutely necessary. When George Bush and his cronies pack that moving van and leave 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue the last thing I want to see pulling up is someone who will make me actually wish Mr. Bush would come back.  Giving Ms. Palin time to figure out where exactly Washington D.C. is on the national map doesn’t instill me with a lot of confidence in her preparedness.

Shortly after Senator Joe Biden was named Barack Obama’s vice presidential pick Mr. Biden went his own separate way to drum up support for the Democratic team.  Mr. Biden did it without reciting his acceptance speech over and over and over again.  Mr. Biden did his campaigning without a script at all. On the other hand, Sarah Palin goes to school to learn what it means to be the Vice President. Which one looks the most ready come day one?

Wednesday, September 10, 2008 - Posted by | Alaska, Barack Obama, Democrats, Joe Biden, John McCain, Life, Politics, Republicans, Sarah Palin, Thoughts


  1. John McCain will be ready on Day One to be Yosemite Sam.

    God only knows what Sarah will be ready to be.

    Comment by gasdocpol | Wednesday, September 10, 2008 | Reply

  2. Thanks for the feedback gasdocpol,

    I was trying to think of something clever to go with Yosemite Sam. The only thing I could think of, the only thing I can hope for, is that Sarah Palin will be ready to leave on day one.


    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Wednesday, September 10, 2008 | Reply

  3. This woman is running to be vice president… kinda like applying for a job…actually the second most powerful job in the country, yet, we the American public have to WAIT for them to tell us when we get a chance to interview her?
    I wish I could tell a company when/where/how and what when I’m applying for a job. must be nice.
    She should have had her ass on the sunday roundup like everyone else did and does. What’s the hold up… Didn’t John McCain have 6 whole months (the longest in history)to figure this out and be PREPARED?

    Guess Not!!

    Comment by Damien | Wednesday, September 10, 2008 | Reply

  4. Thanks for the feedback Damien,

    My woman said the same thing. What would happen if I, a black man, submitted a job application to a company and then told them they don’t have the right to interview me at their leisure but must adhere to my schedule so I can better prepare for some softball questions like what’s my favorite color? Come on now!


    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Wednesday, September 10, 2008 | Reply

  5. I totally agree! What this shows me is that their presidency will have the same transparency of their campaign. And we can see that this is already a problem for them. They act as if they are telling US who is going to be president instead of the other way around.

    I don’t know how many job interviews either of these fools have been on but I know that they would never get hired with any of my employers who demand multiple interviews and skill tests and etc. I guess she would have let them know that she would not be available for any questions. Just that she would be ready to work on day ONE.

    I wonder if that would work for me while trying to get a job. Let me play that out in a reenactment.

    Me: Uh, yes Mr or Mrs employer, I won’t be allowing you to ask me any questions about my experience etc. But I assure you that I will be ready to WORK FOR YOU ON DAY ONE! So I got the job right?

    Mr or Mrs Employer: Get the hell out of here!!!

    Hmmm, that little reenactment didn’t go quite as well as it is going for Palin. Gee I guess that can’t work for all of us.


    Comment by theblacksentinel | Wednesday, September 10, 2008 | Reply

  6. Thanks for the feedback theblacksentinel,

    I think it was Barack Obama who said it best. The way a person runs their campaign is the way they will run their presidency. And all I’ve seen from John McCain and Sarah Palin is the same smoke and mirror that has become his predecessor’s standard operating procedure.


    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Wednesday, September 10, 2008 | Reply

  7. While I’m not convinced of the McCain/Palin ticket as of yet, Barack may want to look at his own campaign when applied to his quote. He has done a lot of talk, great talk which appeals to the higher sense of conciousness within us, but thus far, his senatorial experience has shown us that he himself has done nothing but support others attempts at doing something. Which is great, but he’s talking of actually doing now. He will do this, he will do that…and yet while in the senate he has offered up no solutions.
    And this I suppose can be an indictment against almost all campaigning Pressidential politicians, but it seems like we must always wait for them to get elected to the next term or next office up for them to help make these changes. My disenchantment with it all is symptomatic of my own cynicism. Will either choice we make actually offer us anything other than their words, and the promises of what they will do the next time they come up for an election?

    Comment by Mike Lovell | Wednesday, September 10, 2008 | Reply

  8. Thanks for the feedback Mike Lovell,

    And you bring up an excellent point. For one presidential candidate to point the finger at the other presidential candidate and say that they don’t have any executive experience is really the pot calling the kettle black. And anybody who says that the mayor of a town of six thousand people on the edge of civilization is more qualified to be president than a United States Senator is smoking something with an awfully suspicious legal status.

    No one knows what anyone will do as president until we see them as president. Some of the United States greatest military leaders have become awful presidents. Some very successful state governors have done poorly in the oval office. And some people with nothing but legislative experience have done very well as the president. No one knows. Honestly, all we can do is go into the voting booth and keep our fingers cross that they will keep their word.

    But when someone says that they promise that they will keep our wars going, they will deepen tax cuts for the wealthy in order to stimulate the economy while cutting federal income to make the national deficit even larger, when someone promises that they will replace retiring Supreme Court justices with conservatives along the lines of Samuel Alito and John Roberts, those are promises that I hope will never come to fruition.


    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Wednesday, September 10, 2008 | Reply

  9. BrotherP, Mike Lovell,

    I have to agree to some extent with both of you. I on the other hand know that this discounted experience as a community organizer is more of a leadership role than the Republicans would like to admit. And that is why they are discounting this experience.

    No one would challenge the experience of Dr. King, Jesus nor Ghandi. Not that Obama is anything like any of these people but some of our best leaders were in the community organizing ring. Why does this make a difference folks are probably asking? Because the simple fact is the government HAS people in place to get things done FOR the president.

    While community organizing YOU have to come in to a disorganized, disinterested, most times uneducated mass of people who are moving in ALL directions and somehow find a way to get them going in the same direction. Get them looking at the same goals. Get them moving in order to get those goals accomplished.

    How many times has Sarah Palin OR John McCain for that matter had to do this? Never! They have always had someone there to hold their hands and tell them what they could or couldn’t expect when trying to bring about change that they have never brought. They have always had advisers and staff that do the majority of work while they oversee (or not).

    Did John McCain as a POW somehow organize all the prisoners into a force that brought about some sort of change? Nope. And don’t give me the spiel about how you can’t criticize a POW. I sure as hell can if he is touting that as the main experience for making him my president. Also, did Sarah Palin go into Alaska and rally anybody into making change? From what the Alaskans say who were under her, she was into intimidation and retaliation. That isn’t conducive for productive positive change.

    I think I would rather trust my fate to the person who has had to work from the ground up on a project. I think they know what it takes to get a project from A to B. Not just come in and say let’s get to B, so get going on how we do it. Which is what those in government do. That is why they have a large staff.

    Also, I ditto the things that BrotherP said.


    Comment by theblacksentinel | Wednesday, September 10, 2008 | Reply

  10. affirmative action + white woman= palin as vp.

    Comment by trudat | Wednesday, September 10, 2008 | Reply

  11. Thanks for the feedback trudat,

    Where’s Geraldine Ferraro telling everybody that the only reason people are paying any attention to Sarah Palin, and indirectly the man pulling her chain John McCain, is the fact that she’s a white woman? If anybody can find a better example of someone getting a job and being under qualified I would really like to see it.


    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Wednesday, September 10, 2008 | Reply

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