Tuesday, September 02, 2008

A helpful resource: comparative resumés

You know you're going to hear a lot of stupid shit this campaign (still working on my cuss-o-meter rating). The whole bit about Governor Palin having more executive experience than Obama is an especially prominent one. It really pays to examine their experience to see what kind of experience and at what depth in order to evaluate that claim.

SantaFeMarie has done the legwork on this and posted her results at Daily Kos. I recommend you check it out and get all the details. Here is a small sample of summations for time periods.

1991 - 1995
Him: Expert on our nation's fundamental legal principles.
Her: plotted to leave the Union; thinks Pledge of Allegiance was written by our founding fathers, doesn't know what a Vice President does.

2005 to present
Him: Impressive figure on the national stage who knows how Congress works and is engaged with foreign policy issues.
Her: small state governor for 21 months; "next to Russia", but that is just 1 of the 190 countries in the world she has never been to.

Conclusion: the word "executive" is not some kind of magic force multiplier when placed in front of the word "experience".

--the BB

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