by Curt Mercadante
An interesting thing has occurred as the Democrats have fired up their talking points in attacking Alaska Gov./GOP VP Candidate Sarah Palin: they have disqualified their presidential candidate.
The Democrat argument against Palin focuses on her supposed lack of experience. They are questioning her foreign policy credentials. They are criticizing her two years as governor ... and being mayor of a "small town" in Alaska.
In doing so, they have completely disqualified their own candidate, Barack Obama.
In fact, one could reasonably argue that Palin has more experience than Obama. Two years as chief executive of a state certainly prepares one better to be President than 140 or so days as a U.S. Senator.
A governor doesn't just give speeches and press buttons. She makes executive decisions. She oversees numerous agencies.
And Palin didn't just win election as the chief executive of Alaska - she actually accomplished something. She has fought corruption in her own party. She has worked to cut wasteful spending - including the infamous "Bridge to Nowhere."
Even as mayor of a so-called small town (which actually is one of the fastest-growing towns in Alaska) she had more executive experience than a backbencher state senator.
And let's not forget her stint on the state's Oil and Gas Commission - where she fought corruption and actually reformed a large government bureaucracy.
As Illinoisans, there's another big difference between Palin and Obama: Obama talks about reforming government, but as a product of the Cook County machine, he has done nothing to actually reform Cook County politics. His 2006 endorsement of Todd Stroger - and 2007 endorsement of Mayor Daley are proof of that.
Palin, on the other hand, has walked the walk. She exposed corruption of her state party chairman on the Oil and Gas Commission. She exposed the corruption - and then campaigned against and defeated - her party's governor. She helped launch the campaign of her Lt. Governor Sean Parnell against pork-happy U.S. Rep. Don Young - one of the architects of the "Bridge to Nowhere."
Palin actually embodies the "Change" that Obama only talks about.
Palin was not only a great choice for McCain - she is a new breed of Republican. She actually fights wasteful spending, she communicates conservative principles and she works for reform - even if it means combatting the "good ol' boy" network in her own party.
In criticizing Palin, the Democrats disqualify Obama. He was an ineffective "community organizer", a backbencher state senator, has barely served as U.S. Senator, and has absolutely no executive experience.
Looking for "Change You Can Believe In"? Look no further than Sarah Palin.