Palin Most Qualified Recent VP Nominee
John McCain is getting some guff for his assertion on the Don Imus show that Sarah Palin is “the most qualified of anyone recently who has run for vice president to tell you the truth.” And, no, not for the syntax but the point itself.
Steve Benen is incredulous:
Dick Cheney, Joe Lieberman, Al Gore, Lloyd Bentsen, and George H.W. Bush? No, Sarah Palin is “the most qualified.”
Actually, though, this is easy. Aside from Bush, none of them had … wait for it … executive experience. And even Bush had, in 1980, less of it than Palin. She was a city mayor for eight years and governor for two years, making her a perfect 10.
As noted here numerous times, Americans seem to count only three offices as meaningful “experience” when voting for president: State Governor, Vice President, and President. No one without one of those lines on his resume has been elected president since John Kennedy did it in 1960. Obviously, that’ll change in less than two weeks, since two U.S. Senators are the only viable candidates (some would argue, only one is). So, while I don’t personally buy it, one could argue that Palin is indeed “the most qualified.”
The foregoing, of couse, is an odd argument to make if you’ve been in the Senate since the Reagan administration.