Obama Camp Responds To Palin Pick

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, McCain, Media, Palin, Republicans, Veep

The more and more I think about McCain’s choice today, the more I can’t seem to make much sense of it. HUGE downside and virtually the only upside is the idea that disgruntled HRC fans will jump ship just because Palin is a woman. And that’s pretty presumptuous.

In any event, here’s what the Obama camp had to say…

“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.

Burton also criticized Palin as a vice presidential pick for her support of oil drilling in the Alaskan wilderness and her anti-abortion stance, referring to the 1973 Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal in the United States.

“Governor Palin shares John McCain’s commitment to overturning Roe v. Wade, the agenda of Big Oil and continuing George Bush’s failed economic policies. That’s not the change we need, it’s just more of the same,” he said.

Honestly, I think once the Obama camp heard that Palin was the VP candidate, they start doing victory dances. Sure, this contest isn’t over, but they knew that McCain had taken his most potent attack off the table, and, at the same time, had made a VP pick that was completely unserious. You know, like something a “celebrity” would do. Yes, McCain’s camp will paint it as “maverick”, but will people really think this woman could be the leader of the free world?

More as it develops…


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25 Responses to “Obama Camp Responds To Palin Pick”

  1. Aunesty Janssen Says:

    I completely agree. Did McCain really think he would pickup the female voters with a pick like this? How does this reassure the voters that the second in charge of our nation will be capable of actually leading our country if that becomes necessary?

  2. Kevin Says:

    Actually, as someone pretty torn between the candidates right now the Palin pick was both a big surprise and a pleasant one from what I’ve read about her. I disagree with her on quite a few issues, but she is pro-life and actually had a kid with Down’s Syndrome that many people would have aborted (I know that sounds bad, but many people do). She supports the war, and is about to watch another kid go fight. She ran for governor promising financial reform and sold the jet she could have ridden around in (Alaskan roads kind of suck and some towns are only reachable by boat or plane) and cut her own salary at the same time her husband left a high paying job because she was governor. It’s all sounding like somebody who does what she says and practices what she preaches. Plus she hunts moose, which is kind of impressive.

    She also appeals to a lot of women who want to see a female elected and were disappointed about Hillary. She has run businesses and understand the worries of an employer.

    I think McCain made a savvy choice that lets him include someone who is as far from a Washington insider as you can get. Someone who can appeal to the religious right, the NRA, soccer moms, and many other groups. She is the opposite of Joe Biden is so many ways it’s amazing and is a good addition to whatr McCain is selling.

  3. pico Says:

    “I think he’s going to make an intensely political choice, not a governing choice,” Rove said. “He’s going to view this through the prism of a candidate, not through the prism of president; that is to say, he’s going to pick somebody that he thinks will on the margin help him… He’s not going to be thinking big and broad about the responsibilities of president.”

    –Karl Rove predicting who Obama would choose for vice president on August 10th

    It’s going to be interesting to see how the GOP backtracks, twists, and contorts the Palin pick to fit with McCain’s narrative of experience and responsible government–and a president that doesn’t make decisions to help him get elected at the expense of his country.

  4. gerryf Says:

    Everything so far on Palin has failed to impress, but I am willing to be surprised. I was disappointed in her speech this afternoon, but much like Obama’s acceptance speech wasn’t intended to speak to the right, Palin’s was not designed to speak to me.

    We’re at the beginning of the home stretch and the first order of business is to get the home team pumped up.

    Her inexperience doesn’t bother me if she has some substance, which wasn’t terribly in evident, but I don’t care if she has only been governor for 2 years–she has to have something going for her to be elected governor.

    Obama’s resume wasn’t too impressive and the Republican’s love to point that out (while blindly ignoring the fact he managed a massive national campaign against an entrenched favorite), but Obama is still standing.

    I think Palin will show us something more than what she has shown so far–the only question is will it be enough?

  5. Jimmy the Dhimmi Says:

    …but will people really think this woman could be the leader of the free world?

    It seems to me that Barack Obama has truly benefited from his celebrity status because his image has saturated the airwaves for over a year now, so it feels like this guy has been around forever. Everybody just met Palin for the first time today. We forget so quickly that Obama had just over 140 days in Washington before he declared himself ready to be the leader the free world.

    If you are a voter who’s major concern is experience (taking political ideology out of it), and you have to choose between the two, honestly, which ticket makes more sense? The one with the experience at the top of the ticket or the one with it at the bottom?

  6. J. Harden Says:

    a VP pick that was completely unserious

    This coming from people that nominated Barrack Obama……hilarious, sad, sexist – a trifecta of ignorance. The fact Justin doesn’t understand or think it is a good pick is enough to tell me that Palin is perfect.

    As inexperienced as she is — She STILL has more executive experience than Obama. The fact that she is right on the issues and not a vacuous self-impressed airbag also helps.

  7. mw Says:

    I pretty much agree with Gerryf on this… Obama clearly did not/does not have enough experience to justify becoming President based on his resume. However, he put himself in the spotlight of a campaign in front of the American people long enough to convince them (at least the Democrats) that they are comfortable with him and want him to be President. That is the way Democracy works. He has overcome his seriously deficient resume. If it was just about resume, we would not need elections.

    Sarah Palin will now go through the same process. Her resume is not appreciably better or worse than Obama’s. But she will now have to pass muster under an intense media glare in a campaign pressure cooker over the next three months. Then voters will decide if she is qualified to be VP with a resume no better that Obama’s. I don’t know how she’ll do. I hope she does well. We’ll see.

  8. Avinash_Tyagi Says:

    She only has excecutive experience at the state level, very different than being president, in addition Obama was chosen by democratic process to be the cantidate, McCain just threw a dart at a board essentially.

    As a dem I am very happy with his pick, as an american citizen he scared me today with this pick, and how it shows how little he actually cares about the country, he’s putting McCain first with Palin.

  9. mw Says:

    Avinash – I suggest you do a little brtushing up on your history.

    Bill Clinton only had executive experience at the state level before becoming President.

    Ronald Reagan only had executive experience at the state level before becoming president.

    Jimmy Carter only had executive experience at the state level before becoming president.

    George W Bush only had experience at the state level before becoming president.

    Ok, the last example is not so good. But the point is – that is the norm. What is abnormal, is a Senator to become President, and wildly abnormal for one with only three years in the Senate and no executive experience to become President.

  10. CaptainUltimate Says:

    For me, it is not the the lack of experience per se. Lincoln, Kennedy, and many other presidents have proved that a leader with good ideas and the means to implement them don’t need to wait around in lower office. What’s so bad about Palin’s clear lack of experience in governance is that it makes the tokenism only more naked. If her parts dangled, do you think she still would have been picked?

    I don’t.

  11. mw Says:

    If her parts dangled, do you think she still would have been picked? – Cap

    If he was white with his level of experience, do you think he still would have been nominated by the Democrats?

    Is either question relevant?

  12. Avinash_Tyagi Says:

    mw, if you actually knew your history, you would realize that all of those presidents screwed up big in something in their first few years in office, running the national gov is very different than a state gov

  13. CaptainUltimate Says:

    You’re confusing a nomination process involving millions of people with one man’s selection. I, again, make the point that you failed to respond too. Palin’s lack of experience only belies the tokenism in her selection.

  14. Bob Says:

    Avinash,
    Good thing she is running for VP instead than.

    I feel like people really think McCain will pull a Harrison and die four months into his term.

    Capt,
    So what should we start having the VP nominated again? It’s the candidates choice and it’s not like you were voting for McCain anyways, but if you were well I guess he lost your vote. I really don’t think there are that many in that case since most conservatives are pretty happy with the choice. McCain probably hurt his chances a little with indies but no of his choices would have helped.

    I’d still rather have an inexperienced Gov as my #2 than inexperienced Sen has my #1.

  15. MixedPartyHousehold Says:

    “If you are a voter who’s major concern is experience (taking political ideology out of it), and you have to choose between the two, honestly, which ticket makes more sense? The one with the experience at the top of the ticket or the one with it at the bottom?”

    This is an excellent point that is being ignored in the media. All Dems are saying she is “one heartbeat away” – Obama is even closer.

    Is it her fault that she lived in a town with 9,000 people? She still managed the town. To me, that is at par with a state senate position. Not to mention that she was Ethics Commissioner of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and Governor of a distant, but extremely important state for two years. Obama was elected to the U.S. Senate in 11/2004 and announced his candidacy for President in 2/2007 – effectively giving him two years “top-level” experience, none of which were at the executive level.

    No doubt that Biden was the best choice for Obama but to me, that is his admission of a lack of experience. I find it ironic that the Dems are criticizing McCain by saying this is strictly a tactical move to try to capture HRC supporters while their own Presidential candidate is the biggest tactical move in campaign history. Would Obama have ever gotten this far if he was not African-American? Talk about tactical.

  16. Pug Says:

    As inexperienced as she is — She STILL has more executive experience than Obama.

    She also has more “executive experience” than John McCain. Maybe McCain made the pick to bolster his lack of executive experience.

  17. gerryf Says:

    Avinash_Tyagi, your point that each of these inexperienced presidents made serious gaffs early in their presidency are spot on–but a lot of experienced people made serious gaffs as well.

    Think of the 10 worst presidents in history–I’ll even ignore W. –and take a look at their resumes. Buchanen. Loads of Experience. Harding. 20+ years. Hoover, while not holding elected office, was extremely well thought of and served as a cabinet member for 8 years. Franklin Pierce spent 24 years in politics before helping start the civil war with his incompetence.

    Four of the biggest boneheads in US History.

    A big reason we are talking about experience is because the GOP made experience a–no THE–reason to attack Obama. That is why I think McCain’s pick is dumb without even looking at Palin–he castrated himself of one of his two key attack points. And it was an attack that was sticking.

    The race for the presidency is about more than just experience–shoot, the most significant reference to experience in the last 50 years was a joke—Reagan telling a debate audience that he would not hold Walter Mondale’s inexperience against him.

    That was hilarious even before McCain stole it (ironically, he plagerizes Reagan and the GOP has criticized both Obama and Biden for past plagerizing….oh well).

    The race for the White House has always been about ideas and charisma (and how successful you can smear the other guy), so the entire GOP argument about experience is a bit of a red herring–a red herring the Democrats are now employing.

    Success in the white house is also about WHO you surround yourself with–look at the difference between Reagan’s first and second term…agreee or disagree with his politics, there is no debating he was an incredibly efficient/successful president in his first term, but not so much in his second after many key advisers/staff members left.

    I’m not talking about perimeter people like William Ayers or John Hagge–only the fringe left and fringe right take this nonsense seriously. I’m talking about key advisers. One of my chief reasons for swinging to Obama from undecided are people like Josh Green, Wayne Berman and Phil Gramm, arguably the biggest crook since Dick Cheney.

    Dumping Gramm–who almost single handedly helped usher in the mortgage crisis and the oil speculation boom with legislation he pushed in the remaining months of his political career before jumping ship to a lobbying firm whose clients included banks that wanted the legislation–would actually make me reconsider McCain.

    But I am wandering off point.

    Just because the “experience” issue is overblown, does not mean that the question of “is so and so ready to step in and be president?” is. Experience counts, but not just in ways a lot of people are measuring it.

    My reservations about Obama–and I had a lot of them–have been alleviated by his masterful campaign. A virtual unknown, he beat the Clinton Machine. He’s raised money like no one else. He has managed a huge campaign with staffers on the ground in 50 states and accounted for himself well.

    Even if you are a republican, you have to admit that is pretty impressive. He’s got the stuff.

    Put in the same position, could Palin have done the same? I don’t know. I’m willing to see how she acquits herself in the next few months. What I have seen so far hasn’t impressed me, but she wasn’t trying to convince me at her coming-out party. Who knows, she may sit down with Biden and wipe the floor with him in a debate.

    I am already worried the Democrats are falling into the same trap the GOP did with this–counting days in office without measuring the person. Underestimating an opponent based on first impressions is perilous.

    A lot of people dismissed Reagan; a lot of people dismissed George W.

    The Dems need to take this woman seriously.

  18. Tully Says:

    Actually Avinash’s original point is meaningless, as NONE of the candidates has any experience being President.

    Making a point of her “inexperience” is a major trap for Democrats, as it highlights that Obama has little relevant experience, even if he do talk purty and know how to promise everything to everyone (except the rich, whom we will eat).

    Both Biden and McCain can rightfully claim to have enough time in the Senate to have a good grasp on top-level functioning. But only one is on the top of the ticket.

  19. J. Harden Says:

    Actually Avinash’s original point is meaningless, as NONE of the candidates has any experience being President.

    Experience is important for a President, not so much for a VP. So at least the McCain/Palin is right side up – not obviously the same for the Obama/Biden ticket.

    By the way, can anyone tell me what a “community organizer” actually does, ie..what services or goods are provided? Not a rhetorical question, actually don’t know.

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  21. Howard Says:

    JUST SAY NOBAMA !!!
    Oh stop whining Democrats … for the past 1 1/2 years, you’ve been trying every trick in the book to shove an inexperienced, empty suit, Barack Hussein Obama, down the throats of Americans. Sure, maybe you sweetened the bad taste by adding pretty speeches, big swooning crowds, and fireworks … but, you still tried to shove him down our throats, at every opportunity. Democrats, it was a lot easier to highjack the primary election than it’s going to be with the general election. Looks like America is going to elect McCain/Palin for President and V.P.. And, that means: No Wright, no Farrakahn, no Ayers, no Rezko, no mean Michelle, and, NOBAMA !!!

  22. Divided We Stand United We Fall Says:

    Pondering Palin …

    Gerryf in at Donklephant:

    …Her inexperience doesn?t bother me if she has some substance, which wasn?t terribly in evident, but I don?t care if she has only been governor for 2 years ? she has to have something going for her to be elected g…

  23. cindy Says:

    He has chosen an excellent VP in Sarah Palin , the more I learn about her, the more I understand why he has favored her since their meeting in Feb. She has used her 12 years in politics well and done some pretty great things -The opposition would like you to dismiss her as a beauty queen or simply “the former mayor of a small town”, which is laughable. The woman has served as head of the ethics commissioner and chairman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and she is the elected Governor of Alaska. Her resume also includes negotiating a gas pipeline deal with Canada and confronting Big Oil face-to-face. She is a reformer and corruption buster, don’t let the opponent fool you.

  24. concerned voter Says:

    Here’s what I can’t figure out… Obama claims that his position as director of the Developing Communities Project qualifies him to be president where he was a community organizer (for more information, look up their 990). Just to put things in perspective – the annual revenue during Obama’s best year at the Developing Communities Project was $400,000. The annual budget for Wasilla, Alaska for 2008 was $13 million. Let’s see…. 13mil vs 400,000! Obama is far less qualified than Palin to be president!! If anyone is out of touch, Obama is out of touch with business owners. Under his plan, when you tax these people, they are forced to cut costs which means less jobs! Obama’s resume doesn’t even qualify him to run a small business!!

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