“A ship in harbor is safe, but that’s not why the ship is built”

Palin gave a great speech.  What’s really funny is that it’s chock full of “I did this and I did this and I did this,” which is appropriate, not boastful, considering that she’s trying to explaining to her potential future employers  — the American people — why she should be hired for the job.  In this, it stands in stark contrast to Obama’s speech last night, which made almost no reference whatsoever to his record, but simply attacked McCain and restated platform positions.

All things considered, you have to wonder about the Obama campaign’s idiotic knee jerk attack on Palin’s lack of experience:

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s campaign on Friday blasted his Republican rival’s choice of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as a running-mate, highlighting her “zero” foreign policy experience.

“Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency,” Obama spokesman Bill Burton said in a statement.

Uh, so it’s better to put in the presidency itself, never mind the heartbeats, a man with almost zero foreign policy experience?  Explain to me the logic there.

UPDATED: And the McCain camp comes back with the perfect rebuttal:

It is pretty audacious for the Obama campaign to say that Governor Palin is not qualified to be Vice President. She has a record of accomplishment that Senator Obama simply cannot match. Governor Palin has spent her time in office shaking up government in Alaska and actually achieving results — whether it’s taking on corruption, passing ethics reform or stopping wasteful spending and the ‘bridge to nowhere.’ Senator Obama has spent his time in office running for president.

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  • Ymarsakar

    Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s campaign on Friday blasted his Republican rival’s choice of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as a run

    The Left’s strategy is often centered around idiocy, as in they assume you are an idiot and go with that fundamental axiom for the grand strategy. What this means is that they believe that the tu quoque argument will convince you, the independent and undecided voter, that McCain was being a hypocrite when he talked about Obama’s lack of experience while at the same time getting an inexperienced woman as a VP.

    Don’t think about the logical inconsistencies, Book, that’s only for people that know how to use their brains. This doesn’t include idiots, useful tools, or fake liberals.

  • David Foster

    I think most journalists, along with many academics and various other kinds of word people, really don’t understand that there are such things as executive ability and executive experience. They honestly don’t grasp that there is a difference between talking about something and actually doing it.

  • Tiresias

    Her experience in foreign policy matters is “zero.”

    As is Obama’s.

    But I’ll take zero as opposed to Joe Biden’s years and years on the senate foreign relations committee, for the simple reason that – if you grant that being on a committee means anything as “experience” – when was the last time Biden was right about anything? He still can’t handle the idea that the surge worked and things in Iraq are manifestly better.

    In my simple mind, “zero” is a lot better than “wrong.”

  • dg

    Bookworm, I’m glad you agree with me that Palin is a good choice, and I agree with you that her speech was great.

    You do understand, however, that McCain still needs to execute PERFECTLY to have any chance of winning this race, right? Yahoo has a great political map that allows you to plug in the current decision market predictions and see what the electoral college count will look like; just visit the 2008 Presidential Campaign link(http://news.yahoo.com/election/2008/dashboard;_ylt=AkJNWXyRh0NRVhELcDM3a.lsnwcF), click on the “create your own scenario” tab and then the “markets” button on the right. You might know that the decision market predictions, empirically, serve as far better as leading indicators than polling data, so that’s why you should use and track this data.

    Anyway, based on the market-driven data, McCain is trailing by almost 50 electoral college votes current. Worse, he loses the election even if he manages to eak out a win in the Buckeye state. Looking at this map also reveals the key risk that McCain has taken in selecting Palin: he has brought on a VP from a state he would have won anyway, thereby bypassing the advantages of adopting a running mate from Ohio or Colorado–states he must win to go over the top.

    My suspicion is that McCain will have to put on a spectacular performance in St. Paul (so his bar is much higher than Obama’s), and he must continue a very negative campaign in order to move the needle on these prediction markets. For the moment, based on the information that is out there, the negative attacks have not done enough to win it. It will be interesting to see what the markets say a few days after the RNC and whether the negativity and attack ads will become still more vicious as current electoral realities set in…

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    I think, again, that your analysis is spot-on, dg. So far, since emerging from his spring time torpor, McCain has performed flawlessly — and the Obama people haven’t. More to the point, McCain’s timing for getting serious is dead on, because this is time at which people start looking behind the media imagery and start focusing on substance.

  • Danny Lemieux

    Funny, isn’t it, that Sarah Palin has more executive experience than Obama and Biden put together and, yet, the Democrat’s attack her on the basis of her “experience” ?! Talk about stepping into it, big time! They really seem to have very little self-awareness.

  • el gordo

    No worry, Democrats. Palin can always hire 300 foreign policy advisors. And if she became president all of a sudden, she can pick someone like Joe Biden as her VP and everything will be fine. I mean, just a couple of hours ago that was good enough for the Obama camp.

  • Oldflyer

    McCain energized my household this morning.

    Gov Palin is 10 days younger than my younger daughter. Since I believe that my daughter is capable of doing anything she sets her mind to, it is not hard to believe the same about our next VP.

    Someone referred to her as “pistol packing Palin”. I love it and I can’t wait to see Biden try to intimidate her in the debate. I think he will get his hat handed to him, so to speak.

    While I am gushing; is there now any question as to who the champion speech maker is in this campaign? I would lay odds that she can answer a question without benefit of a teleprompter and without looking like a fool.

  • mikesamerica

    Picking Palin was a game changer. Before today, conservatives were going to vote AGAINST Obama. Now, they can vote enthusiastically FOR the McCain Palin ticket.

    She’s the bright new face for conservative leadership that we were hoping for and it showed that McCain does not take the base for granted.

    I was very, VERY pleased with this selection!

  • suek

    Someone somewhere commented that Palin had her baggage. No clarification of the matter. Apparently this is the clarification…very long, enough links to glaze your eyes if you read them all!