Experience Isn’t An Issue Anymore.

For all the complaining that Republicans have done about the seeming lack of experience that Barack Obama has, and that he’s not qualified for being President, it’s all for no good.

Why?

Sarah Palin. There’s no word if she’s related by marriage to Monty Python’s Michael Palin, but she must be a comedian (I’ll get to that later).

The favourite complaint of Republicans about Obama is that he hasn’t had any "experience" in doing things important to being President – has John McCain? For that matter, has anyone who has ever run for President? I think the job of President is more of a job that makes the man rather than the man that makes the job – as in, despite people saying there is no "on-the-job" training, the fact is that there is nothing that can train you for the unique challenges that the position of most powerful person in the world has to face.

Sure there are good points about this seeming inexperience, such as the challenge to name an accomplishment, but you could say that about a lot of Presidential candidates and Presidents before they came into office.

However, the argument is seriously been stifled thanks to picking Governor Palin of Alaska. Sure she’s been in the office more than a year, and she’s been the mayor of a town where their powers and duties are exactly ten, but how does that prepare you to be President?

Anyway, they say that selection of a Vice Presidential candidate is a test of the candidate’s character. To select a woman – great move if it weren’t for the fact that this is coming off of a big fit over the non-selection of Hillary Clinton for Vice-President under Obama. I think that it’s a move meant to pander to women (a point that Snoskred has a great parody of here – Wimmins Will Vote for Wimmins, KTHXBAI) – it might solidify some Republican women, but I think that to expect a massive shifting of Democratic women to vote for McCain based on Governor Palin is quite a major stretch.

The other thing that is troubling about this decision is that I question the decisions that Sarah and her husband have made in regards to the names of their children. The only logical explanation I can come up with is that she did this as an evil joke on her children, to make them the immediate butt of jokes in any conversation. What are those names, may you ask?

  • Track, that thing that athletes run on in athletics, or the place automobiles go to race or fine tune.
  • Bristol, most notably a city in the South West of England, also a city straddling the Tennessee-Virginia State border, home to Bristol Motor Speedway – the largest sports stadium (in terms of seating) in the state.
  • Willow, a tree (weeping willow – if that kid cried in school…well the jokes could write themselves 😉 )
  • Piper, a few notables on that name, but the most notable is the Piper Cub aircraft.
  • Trig, short for trigonometry, a notoriously complex maths subject (though I didn’t do too bad in it or Calculus kthxbai!).

One last thing to think about with this discussion of judgement – the event was held at the Nutter Center. Need I say more? 😉

And then there is also this piece from a blog at UPenn – Palin, Obama and the Experience Issue. The key is that it takes a look at the different variations on "Experience" there are.

Voting Isn’t About Looks Alone.

Before I get to my my main point, a poll I’d like to have your opinion on –

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Now, this is the first in what could become a series of posts about the upcoming election.

Recently, I’ve heard about something that, had it not been pointed out to me, I would not have noticed or cared about at all. Truth be told, however, I don’t care about it even after knowing about it – a person’s looks are not enough to make me practically abandon my personal viewpoints.

What is this issue that is supposedly so important? It’s a rumored combover on the head of John McCain. I’ve seen pictures of his head from the front, and it does appear that it is there. Apparently, this is big enough of an affront to common sense that he is ineligible to be voted for by anyone.

That is where the logic begins to fall apart for me. I can see how if you completely disagree with someone’s political viewpoints, something like a combover might be something to add to your reasons for not liking a person. And, sure, looks can influence a decision – look what happened in 1960 after Nixon was at the debate without the makeup and not feeling well.

However, the combover isn’t something that many people see as an important issue – otherwise you wouldn’t have the race as close as it is now. Maybe people don’t care about it, or maybe they’re just so stuck in on their candidate to not make a difference.

Personally, and this is something that I didn’t do in the first few elections I participated in (though in 2006, I did vote for the Conservative Party candidate – I think I was one of about 500 who did in my county…that was on not much basis though), I’ve come to realize that the vote is something that I should take as a major consideration.

If you do vote, you should do so only if you are informed and know how the candidates stand on issues which are important to themselves. As it stands now, I am still leaning towards Mr. McCain – combover and all – but I haven’t taken the time to research all the candidates’ positions on issues.

There are still two months until Election day, and with that plenty of time to do my research on the candidates and choose one to vote for, with an informed decision.

Heck, I might even be able to say, no matter who won the election, "Don’t blame me, I voted for (insert name of some random 3rd Party Candidate here)". 😉

Just as an addendum – I mentioned the combover to a coworker, and their response was the rolly-eyes. I only mention that as a gauge of one person’s reaction – the margin of error would likely be somewhere around 99.95% (even though most surveys consider 500 enough to count for a population of 300 million…). 🙂

Oh, and another addition – I hate the "my friends" line, especially the way that McCain says it.

Super Tuesday

Sometimes you just have to cave in and talk politics from time to time. Of course, tonight literally almost half of the country has gone to the polls and, while the official results are still being tallied, a picture is emerging about who will be vying for our votes for President.

Or is it?

Personally, I thought that tonight’s events would make our vote in two weeks’ time nearly irrelevant. However, with almost all of the races called, it appears that the race is almost totally still wide open, with the candidates nearly splitting the delegates evenly among them. Personally, I’m starting to lean towards voting for Obama in the primary because I definitely want him to be the Dems’ candidate. We don’t need another 4-8 years of someone from the same 2 families being in the White House.

And, let’s be honest here – I’ve actually liked Obama since he started running for the office; he’s one of the youngest serious candidates in a long time, and even though I don’t see eye to eye with him on a lot of the issues, I’m not certain over any of the candidates on the other side. Let me list some of the issues that I have with the Republican candidates right now. 🙂

  • McCain: He might be a war hero, but the fact that he’s in his 70s is somewhat disconcerting, but of course it’s not unprecedented to have someone who is older in office…on the plus side, he seems to get the idea of not spending money you don’t have – that’s why he voted against the tax cuts in 2002.
  • Huckabee: Actually, he’s not that bad, but I don’t think we need to have a baptist minister as our President. He’s the weakest candidate, but could just be that spanner in the works to make the race a little bit interesting.
  • Romney: Honestly, this guy creeps me out. It’s not that he’s a Mormon, but it’s his views. He seems to be so far to the right that he’s almost a reactionary. Add in the fact that he’s been the darling of the hardcore political talkers, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster, in my opinion.
  • Ron Paul: There are a few things that I agree with him on, like being more true to the Constitution, but seriously, he’s gotten a whole 6 delegates. He might have a niche following on the Internet, but it really hasn’t shown in the polls to date.

Who will I wind up voting for in a couple of weeks at our primary (that’s the 19th, for those who showed up at the polls today to vote…), I’m leaning on doing what I did 4 years ago and crossing over to the Democratic ticket; then I did it and wound up voting for John Edwards – on the basis that he wasn’t John Kerry, if I remember correctly.  Let’s see where the next couple of weeks take us for polling and how the candidates fare. 😉