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It just occurred to me, listening to the rightwingnuts blather on about Palin's job experience - especially the line that her stint as governor of Alaska qualifies as command experience - that we should embrace that obviously flawed line of logic.  As long as we twist it mercilessly, anyways.

Okay here we go:

  • Jimmy Carter was Governor of Georgia for four years (through January 1975) so he gets 4 CiC  (Commander in Chief) units.  Since this is rightwing kool-aid we're drinking his presidential experience doesn't count.  I mean, who did he wiretap?
  • Michael Dukakis was Governor of Massachusetts for four years, then later for five more before he became the nominee so he earns a whopping 9 CiC units.
  • Sarah Palin was heading up Alaska for a year and a half, making all those important national guard decisions about where to deploy them.  Or at least knowing that all those important national guard decisions were made.  By someone else.  

The math is easy. 1.5/4 = 3/8.  1.5/9 = 3/18 = 1/6.

So the next time anyone mentions that little white lie about her commander in chief credentials, tell them they're absolutely right.  Palin has command experience; almost half the experience of Jimmy Carter.  And remember Dukakis in the tank? He only had six times as much command experience as the chromosome candidate herself.  

Originally posted to Balachan on Tue Sep 02, 2008 at 06:31 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Yeah , (6+ / 0-)

    no thanks .
    If Carter is 100
    palin is damn near zero .

    "The fussy armchair jackboots"

    by indycam on Tue Sep 02, 2008 at 06:36:24 PM PDT

  •  Education...It is VERY important (1+ / 0-)
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    Palin has a BS in communcations-journalism. And...was mayor of a town smaller than many universities. She is now bungling through a governorship.

    Jimmy Carter went to the US Naval Academy, which is one of the most rigourous schools in the nation. He was 59/820 in his class. So, while Carter had only an undergrad degree, it was a hard one to get.

    Carter later managed a nuclear reactor meltdown cleanup in Canada. No small feat. Don't forget Carter's George State Senate service (4 years total).

    As for Dukakis, he served in the army, and later got his law degree from Harvard (Obama did as well).

    The two you mentioned were FAR more qualified than you give them credit...The point is, holistically, Sarah Palin is vastly under-qualified when compared to most people considered leaders in this country.

    Comments Signature: This will get attached to your comments.

    by Gravedugger on Tue Sep 02, 2008 at 06:58:43 PM PDT

  •  I was thinking of some fuzzy math like this... (1+ / 0-)
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    But I was thinking people years represented.

    Palin represented Wasilla (6500) for 6 years, and Alaska (650,000) for a year and a half. That is about 1,050,000 people-years represented.

    Obama represented his senate district of about 215,000 for eight years, and then Illinois (12,500,000) for three and a half. That gives him about 45,000,000 person-years of experience.

    Or, about 45 times Palin.

  •  Leave Carter alone (0+ / 0-)

    President Carter has actually done some good in the world, and is a humane and decent man.

  •  100% Harriet Meiers (0+ / 0-)

    Totally out of her depth.

    "I don't have any need to show that I'm different than President Bush," Sen. John McCain

    by Dave from Oregon on Tue Sep 02, 2008 at 07:36:13 PM PDT

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