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Palin, Obama, McCain, Biden, the Elite Media, and the Experience Issue

Posted by iusbvision on September 12, 2008

Where was the press waiting to grill Barack Obama on foreign policy experience two weeks after he into a campaign? ….. but wait he can add someone like Joe Biden ot Hillary Clinton or Bill Richardson to balance that out….

The press grilled George W. Bush shortly after he came on the scene about foreign policy because he was “just a governor” …. but then Bush brought on Dick Cheney and all that nonsense ended.

Of course, Ronald Reagan was “just a governor” too.

Where was the press to grill Bill Clinton two weeks after he was into a general election campaign on foriegn policy? Oh wait Bill added Al Gore to the ticket to make up for that so its all ok.

So if Democrats and others can heve a team that compliments each other like Clinton/Gore, Bush/Cheney and Obama/Biden…why is that standard not good enough for McCain/Palin? The facts are that tickets are designed to do two things, compliment the top of the ticket and/or handle issues with the political geography of the nation.

The press and the left are setting a standard for foreign policy as if it should be equal to Senator McCain’s so she can "step in as president on day one if need be". This is preposterous. No one has the experience that Senator McCain has. He comes from a dynasty of truly great military leaders, McCain spent 22 years as a Naval Officer and was commander of the largest squadron in the United States Navy (executive experience), McCain was the liaison between the US Navy and the US Senate.  McCain, as a senator, has been involved in every national security and foreign policy situation and crisis since the Beruit bombing, which McCain opposed President Reagan on and predicted would happen.

Unlike Joe Biden (who I like and is a nice guy) and even unlike some in his own party, when it comes to foreign policy and national security McCain has almost always been shown to be on the right side of history in these situations time and time again.

No one who has ran for president or vice president for 2008 can match McCain’s record. No one and not even Sarah Palin nor anyone else should be expected to; for the media to pretend to is pretty transparent.

Today the Huffington Post put out this piece of propaganda and carefully cut a youtubeclip to create their spin. The headline over the story reads:

McCain Pre-Palin: Mayors And Governors Can’t Handle National Security

When does being a governor or mayor for a short period of time ABSOLUTELY disqualify your credentials on national security? When you are John McCain and your task is to defeat primary opponents Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani.

…and here is the youtibe clip they carefully cut:

Looks pretty damning doesn’t it? It’s designed to, unfortunately the entire spin of the story is a lie.

McCain never said that being a mayor or a governor disqualifies you – the Huffington Post made that up which explains why they cut the clip as they did.

Here is the ENTIRE clip:

As you can see Senator Thompson talks about his experiences, Mayor Guiliani talks about his experiences, Mitt Romney talks about his experiences. John McCain did not say that their experiences were no good and certainly did not put down Rudy Guiliani’s accomplishments as the greatest and most accomplished Mayor New York has had in my lifetime. McCain said this (the parts in red are what HuffPost clipped out:

I have fought wasteful spending. I have had a strong and a long relationship on national security, I’ve been involved in every national crisis that this nation has faced since Beirut, I understand the issues, I understand and appreciate the enormity of the challenge we face from radical Islamic extremism,” the Senator declared. “I am prepared. I am prepared. I need no on-the-job training. I wasn’t a mayor for a short period of time. I wasn’t a governor for a short period of time, for 22 years, including leading the largest squadron in the United States Navy I lead. I didn’t manage for profit I lead for patriotism.”

As you can see by the text and the video, McCain wasn’t disqualifying anyones service; McCain is just making it clear that everyone’s service on that stage pales in comparison with his (and if I may add, no sane person would attempt to argue otherwise).

So HuffPost lies again… no surprise there.

Joe Biden has long experience, but unfortunately for Joe he has been on the wrong side of history repeatedly. With the prospect of a new cold war with Russia on the horizon, it is important to look at the last cold war at Biden’s record. Biden opposed missile defense, many new weapons systems, deployment of nuclear weapons with our allies, opposed Reagan’s tough stance on arms control agreements, opposed Reagan’s policy to contain and roll back the progress of the Soviet Empire and the list goes on. Reagan was proved correct.

So why did McCain pick Palin. The answer is obvious and it is why I would have picked her as well. McCain needed a real, proved in political combat, maverick to run with him. If McCain wins and starts to shake things up the political orthodoxy and bureaucracy from many in both parties will fight back. Our federal system has a lot of corruption and cronyism. The attorney’s will fly, there will be accusations and charges filed to bring down his credibility. The elite media will make it their mission in life to destroy his approval rating and sway Congress into not cooperating with McCain.  The fight will be ugly and McCain needs a partner who will stand with him no matter what, so his political enemies can’t isolate him.

It’s about leadership and McCain has thrown down the gauntlet.

My Take: All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to vote “present”. Washington needs that shake up. It’s just that simple.

Chuck Norton

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