Sarah Palin: The Most Unqualified Candidate Of The 2008 Election

It just keeps pouring in [via NYTimes]:

A growing number of voters have concluded that Senator John McCain’s running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, is not qualified to be vice president, weighing down the Republican ticket in the last days of the campaign, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.

All told, 59 percent of voters surveyed said Ms. Palin was not prepared for the job, up nine percentage points since the beginning of the month. Nearly a third of voters polled said the vice-presidential selection would be a major factor influencing their vote for president, and those voters broadly favor Senator Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee.

And in a possible indication that the choice of Ms. Palin has hurt Mr. McCain’s image, voters said they had much more confidence in Mr. Obama to pick qualified people for his administration than they did in Mr. McCain…

The increase in the number of voters who said Ms. Palin was not prepared was driven almost entirely by Republicans and independents.. Over all, views of Ms. Palin were apparently shaped more by ideology and party than by gender. Ms. Palin was viewed as unprepared for the job by about 6 in 10 men and women alike. But 8 in 10 Democrats viewed her as unprepared, as well as more than 6 in 10 independents and 3 in 10 Republicans.

And she’s supposed to be the new vision of the Republican Party? Are they trying to pick up on the Democratic tradition of losing all major national elections? Regardless, the national ticket for the Republican party is a sinking like a stone.

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  1. Michele says:

    As an Independent woman, I am embarrassed for your ignorance. Now, exactly, what has Obama done in his short, unknown history in politics? Please, I am dying to know; he’s been a lawyer involved in shaking down banks to hand out loans to people who can’t afford them. Oh, and he’s written two book about himself, and yapped a lot on tape about “spreading the wealth” and “redistribution of wealth” and then claims “those Republicans say I’m a ‘redistributionist’.” Uh, yeah. People are listening to his own words. Other than fooling people into thinking he has more experience than a woman who has been a mayor and governor. What exactly has he done? Can’t wait to see your “long” list.

  2. alec says:

    As a humanoid with male genitalia stuck within the confines of a dogmatic society, I am embarrassed by your ignorance. Now, exactly, what has Palin done in her short, unknown history in politics? Please, I am dying to know; she’s been on the PTA and was the mayor of a town of 9000 people. Oh, and she spent $150,000 dollars on clothes and has yapped a lot about Barack Obama being a socialist but the state she is governor of distributes $4,000 to each resident every year. Uh, yeah. People are listening to her own words. Other than fooling people with backwards Christian bravado and humiliating herself time and again, what exactly has Sarah Palin done? I can’t wait to see your “long” list.

  3. Karol says:

    And yet she’s still more qualified than Barack Obama.

  4. factseeker says:

    umm. Sort of lite on facts aren’t ya?

  5. Brian says:


    You should pull you head from your rear and maybe do a quick Google search. Here’s what he’s done from Wikipedia:

    Obama voted in favor of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and cosponsored the Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act.[61] In September 2006, Obama supported a related bill, the Secure Fence Act.[62] Obama introduced two initiatives bearing his name: Lugar–Obama, which expanded the Nunn–Lugar cooperative threat reduction concept to conventional weapons,[63] and the Coburn–Obama Transparency Act, which authorized the establishment of, a web search engine on federal spending.[64] On June 3, 2008, Senator Obama, along with Senators Thomas R. Carper, Tom Coburn, and John McCain, introduced follow-up legislation: Strengthening Transparency and Accountability in Federal Spending Act of 2008.[65]
    Obama sponsored legislation requiring nuclear plant owners to notify state and local authorities of radioactive leaks.[66] In December 2006, President Bush signed into law the Democratic Republic of the Congo Relief, Security, and Democracy Promotion Act, marking the first federal legislation to be enacted with Obama as its primary sponsor.[67] In January 2007, Obama and Senator Feingold introduced a corporate jet provision to the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act, which was signed into law in September 2007.[68] He introduced Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act, a bill to criminalize deceptive practices in federal elections.[69] Obama also introduced the Iraq War De-Escalation Act of 2007.[70]

    Obama and Richard Lugar visit a Russian mobile launch missile dismantling facility.[71]
    Later in 2007, Obama sponsored an amendment to the Defense Authorization Act adding safeguards for personality disorder military discharges.[72] He sponsored the Iran Sanctions Enabling Act supporting divestment of state pension funds from Iran’s oil and gas industry, and co-sponsored legislation to reduce risks of nuclear terrorism.[73][74] Obama also sponsored a Senate amendment to the State Children’s Health Insurance Program providing one year of job protection for family members caring for soldiers with combat-related injuries.[75]
    Obama held assignments on the Senate Committees for Foreign Relations, Environment and Public Works and Veterans’ Affairs through December 2006.[76] In January 2007, he left the Environment and Public Works committee and took additional assignments with Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.[77] He also became Chairman of the Senate’s subcommittee on European Affairs.[78] As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Obama made official trips to Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa. He met with Mahmoud Abbas before he became President of Palestine, and gave a speech at the University of Nairobi condemning corruption in the Kenyan government.[79][80][81][82]

    Here’s a list of bill’s he’s sponsored:

    Maybe his history is unknown to you because you don’t care to open your eyes and ears, because this took all of 2 minutes to find. Thanks for your diligent research Michele.

  6. Michele says:

    Eric want a cracker? You sound like a liberal parrot.

  7. Michele says:

    Oops, I meant – Alec.

  8. For Michele says:

    List of Obama’s US Senate Accomplishments:

    List of Obama’s IL Senate Accomplishments:

  9. nik says:

    Michele, It’s obvious that you don’t REALLY want to know, otherwise you would’ve done your own research, as this information is literally all over the internet. To claim that Palin has more experience than Obama, and that she is more qualified than him is laughable.

    My personal favorite, spearheaded a bill requiring that police interrogations in Illinois be videotaped.

    Nice little easy to read graphic about his legislation in the Illinois state senate:

    Another about his state senate record:

    Examples of reaching across party lines:

    List of bills sponsored in the US Senate:

    Policy Statements and Position stances:
    Senator Obama has sponsored or co-sponsored 570 bills in the 109th and 110th Congress.

    Senator Obama has sponsored or co-sponsored 15 bills that have become LAW since he joined the Senate in 2005.

    Senator Obama has also introduced amendments to 50 bills, of which 16 were adopted by the Senate.

    His record is in fact quite impressive for a junior Senator from Illinois.

    Most of his legislative effort has been in the areas of:

    * Energy Efficiency and Climate Change (25 bills)
    * Health care (21 bills) and public health (20 bills)
    * Consumer protection/labor (14 bills)
    * The needs of Veterans and the Armed Forces (13 bills)
    * Congressional Ethics and Accountability (12 bills)
    * Foreign Policy (10 bills)
    * Voting and Elections (9 bills)
    * Education (7 bills)
    * Hurricane Katrina Relief (6)
    * The Environment (5 bills)
    * Homeland Security (4 bills)
    * Discrimination (4 bills)

    Of the 15 bills Senator Obama sponsored or co-sponsored in 2005-7 that became law:

    Two addressed foreign policy:

    * Promote relief, security and democracy in the Congo (2125)
    * Develop democratic institutions in areas under Palestinian control (2370).

    Three addressed public health:

    * Improve mine safety (2803)
    * Increased breast cancer funding (597)
    * Reduce preterm delivery and complications, reduce infant mortality (707).

    Two addressed openness and accountability in government:

    * Strengthening the Freedom of Information Act (2488 )
    * Full disclosure of all entities receiving federal funds (2590)

    Two addressed national security

    * Extend Terrorist Risk Insurance (467)
    * Amend the Patriot Act (2167)

    One addressed the needs of the Armed Forces

    * Wave passport fees to visit graves, attend memorials/funerals of veterans abroad (1184).

    Of the 570 bills Senator Obama introduced into the Senate during the 109th and 110th Congress (Senate Bill numbers are in parentheses), they can be summarized as follows:

    25 addressed Energy Efficiency and Climate Change

    * Suspend royalty relief for oil and gas (115)
    * Reduce dependence on oil; use of alternative energy sources (133)
    * Increase fuel economy standards for cars (767, 768 )
    * Auto industry incentives for fuel efficient vehicles (1151)
    * Reduce green house gas emissions (1324)
    * Establish at NSF a climate change education program (1389)
    * Increase renewable content of gasoline (2202)
    * Energy emergency relief for small businesses and farms (269)
    * Strategic gasoline and fuel reserves (1794)
    * Alternative diesel standards (3554)
    * Coal to liquid fuel promotion (3623)
    * Renewable diesel standards (1920)
    * Reducing global warming pollution from vehicles (2555)
    * Fuel security and consumer choice (1994, 2025)
    * Alternative energy refueling system (2614)
    * Climate change education (1389)
    * Low income energy assistance (2405)
    * Oil savings targets (339)
    * Fuel economy reform (3694)
    * Plug-in electric drive vehicles (1617)
    * Nuclear release notice (2348 )
    * Passenger rail investment (294)
    * Energy relief for low income families (2405)

    21 addressed Health Care

    * Drug re-importation (334)
    * Health information technology (1262, 1418 )
    * Discount drug prices (2347)
    * Health care associated infections (2278 )
    * Hospital quality report cards (692, 1824)
    * Medical error disclosure and compensation (1784)
    * Emergency medical care and response (1873)
    * Stem cell research (5)
    * Medical Malpractice insurance (1525)
    * Health centers renewal (901, 3771)
    * Children’s health insurance (401)
    * Home health care (2061)
    * Medicare independent living (2103)
    * Microbicides for HIV/AIDS (823)
    * Ovarian cancer biomarker research (2569)
    * Gynological cancers (1172)
    * Access to personalized medicine through use of human genome (976)
    * Paralysis research and care (1183)

    20 addressed Public Health:

    * Violence against women (1197)
    * Biodefense and pandemic preparedness and response (1821, 1880)
    * Viral influenza control (969)
    * End homelessness (1518 )
    * Reduce STDs/unintended pregnancy (1790)
    * Smoking prevention and tobacco control (625)
    * Minority health improvement and disparity elimination (4024)
    * Nutrition and physical education in schools (2066)
    * Health impact assessments (1067, 2506)
    * Healthy communities (1068 )
    * Combat methamphetamines (2071)
    * Paid sick leave (910)
    * Prohibit mercury sales (833, 1818 )
    * Prohibit sale of lead products (1306, 2132)
    * Lead exposure in children (1811, 2132)

    14 address Consumer Protection/Labor

    * Stop unfair labor practices (842)
    * Fair minimum wage (2, 1062, 2725, 3829)
    * Internet freedom (2917)
    * Credit card safety (2411)
    * Media ownership (2332)
    * Protecting taxpayer privacy (2484)
    * Working family child assistance (218 )
    * Habeus Corpus Restoration (185)
    * Bankruptcy protection for employees and retirees (2092)
    * FAA fair labor management dispute resolution (2201)
    * Working families flexibility (2419).

    13 addressed the Needs of Veterans and the Armed Forces:

    * Improve Benefits (117)
    * Suicide prevention (479)
    * Needs of homeless veterans (1180)
    * Homes for veterans (1084)
    * GI Bill enhancement (43)
    * Military job protection
    * Dignity in care for wounded vets (713)
    * Housing assistance for low income veterans (1084)
    * Military children in public schools (2151)
    * Military eye injury research and care (1999)
    * Research physical/mental health needs from Iraq War (1271)
    * Proper administration of discharge for personality disorder (1817, 1885)
    * Security of personal data of veterans (3592)

    12 addressed Congressional Ethics and Accountability

    * Lobbying and ethics reform (230)
    * Stop fraud (2280)
    * Legislative transparency and accountability (525)
    * Open government (2180, 2488 )
    * Restoring fiscal discipline (10)
    * Transparency and integrity in earmarks (2261)
    * Accountability of conference committee deliberations and reports (2179)
    * Federal funding accountability and transparency (2590)
    * Accountability and oversight for private security functions under Federal
    * contract (674)
    * Accountability for contractors and personnel under federal contracts
    * (2147) Restrictions awarding government contracts (2519)

    10 addressed Foreign Policy:

    * Iraq war de-escalation (313)
    * US policy for Iraq (433),
    * Divestiture from Iran (1430)
    * Sudan divestment authorization (831)
    * Millennium Development Goals (2433)
    * Multilateral debt relief (1320)
    * Development bank reform (1129)
    * Nuclear nonproliferation (3131,977,2224).

    9 address Voting/Elections

    * Prohibit deceptive practices in Federal elections (453)
    * Voter access to polls and services in Federal elections (737)
    * Voter intimidation and deceptive practices (1975)
    * Senate campaign disclosure parity (185)
    * Require reporting for bundled campaign contributions (2030)
    * Election jamming prevention (4102)
    * Campaign disclosure parity (223)
    * Presidential funding (2412)
    * Integrity of electronic voting systems (1487)

    11 addressed Education

    * Increase access of low income African Americans to higher education (1513)
    * Establish teaching residency programs (1574)
    * Increase early intervention services (2111)
    * Middle school curriculum improvements (2227)
    * Public database of scholarships, fellowships and financial aid (2428 )
    * Summer learning programs (116)
    * TANF financial education promotion (924)
    * Higher education (1642)
    * Build capacity at community colleges (379)
    * Campus law enforcement in emergencies (1228 )
    * Support for teachers (2060).

    6 addressed Hurricane Katrina

    * Hurricane Katrina recovery (2319)
    * Emergency relief (1637)
    * Bankruptcy relief and community protection (1647)
    * Working family tax relief (2257)
    * Fair wages for recovery workers (1749)
    * Gulf coast infrastructure redevelopment (1836)

    5 addressed the Environment

    * Drinking water security (218, 1426)
    * Water resources development (728 )
    * Waste water treatment (1995)
    * Combat illegal logging (1930)
    * Spent nuclear fuel tracking and accountability (1194)
    * Asian Carp Prevention and Control Act (Introduced in Senate)[S.726.IS ]

    4 addressed Discrimination

    * Claims for civil class action based on discrimination (1989)
    * Domestic partnership benefits (2521)
    * Unresolved civil rights crimes (535)
    * Equality or two parent families (2286)

    4 addressed Homeland Security

    * Judicial review of FISA orders (2369)
    * National emergency family locator (1630)
    * Amend US Patriot Act (2167)
    * Chemical security and safety (2486)

    Try again, Michele.

  10. Someone_who_cares says:

    Here is your long list that you have asked for, something Palin will never come close to for sheer accomplishments. All 3 of these are links to his staggering accomplishments in his time in Senate. “In eight years in Illinois, State Senator Obama sponsored 820 bills that became law. The Illinois Times, in a cover story, labeled Obama as “Head Of The Class” for his legislative abundance.

    And in just four years as a U.S. Senator, Obama has sponsored 427 bills, and authored 152 bills.”

    Where is this long list for Palin on the expertise he has shown in multiple areas?

  11. Someone_who_cares says:

    And honestly, in terms of Palin, and the ethics violations. I’m not against any equal rights, and there are plenty of options in terms of women senators that would have been better choices, if we are going for the female VP pick. Here are some current republican sfemale senators with a lot more accomplishments, and fit for the office of Vice President:

    Linda Lingle, 2nd term governor of Hawai’i, 55 yrs: pro-choice, against partial birth abortion

    Christine Todd Whitman, former governor of New Jersey, 61 yrs: pro-choice, vetoed a ban on partial birth abortion

    Susan Collins, Senator from Maine since 1997, 55 yrs: pro-choice, voted against partial birth abortion ban

    Elizabeth Dole, Senator from North Carolina since 2003, 72 yrs: 0% rating from NARAL, 100% rating from National Right to Life Committee

    Lisa Murkowski, Senator from Alaska since 2002, 51 yrs: voted for partial birth abortion ban, but pro-choice

    Olympia Snowe, Senator from Maine since 1995, 61 yrs: pro-choice, supports “gay rights”

    Kay Bailey Hutchinson, Senator from Texas since 1993, 65 yrs: pro-choice

    Jane Dee Hull, former governor of Arizona, 73 yrs: no Wikipedia info on abortion position

    Judy Martz, former governor of Montana, 65 yrs: finished term in disgrace, no Wikipedia info on abortion position

    Olene Smith Walker, former governor of Utah, 77 yrs: no Wikipedia info on abortion

    M. Jodi Rell, governor of Connecticut, 62 yrs: signed the first legislation in the U.S. to give gay “civil unions” full recognition and the 300+ rights given to marriages without being forced by a court, pro-choice

  12. wtf says:

    It’s quite apparent that Michele supports Palin, who based on her speeches and television appearances is a blithely ignorant woman. However Michele’s support is not based on the merits of Palin but on the mistaken perception of the lack of accomplishments of Obama.

    If it isn’t painfully obvious at this stage for Michele that Palin is utterly unfit to run for VP, there probably isn’t much that can be said to convince her otherwise. Her support of Palin has no rational ground to stand on and as it is with Palin based on ignorance.

    I personally find it shocking that Palin’s profound ignorance and lack of qualifications aren’t more apparent to everyone. From NYT/CBS poll, 59% view Palin as unqualified. This number is rather significant and comforting given the cross section of the American public but it really ought to be in the 90s.

  13. asdo says:

    Nevermind accomplishments per se, this woman has been shitting in America’s collective ear continuously since the very moment she stepped on the stage, with a million lies all the more stupid for being easily verifiable.
    I am not so naive to think a truly honest politician exists, but I am quite irritated when they lie SO blatantly, because it’s plain piss-take.

  14. Jon Ponder says:

    Obama’s most important accomplishment so far is receiving 17.8 million votes in the primaries — more than any other candidate in either party, ever. (Hillary Clinton is second, with 17.7 million.)

  15. Jesus Viejo says:

    I don’t even know what McCain’s platform is…all I hear is him and Palin talking bad upon Obama. Therefore, I have no choice but to vote for Obama. Never trust anyone who in a debate, doesn’t discuss the issues and constantly attacks the other party.

  16. Farnsworth says:

    Michele = PWND

    thank you and goodnight

    don’t forget to vote!

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