Question: What job in America is MOST like being President of the United States?

September 2nd, 2008

ANSWER: Being a governor of one of the 50 States.

(Now shut the hell up about Sarah Palin not having enough experience to be Vice President. Technically she’s THE ONLY ONE running with the right sort of experience to be PRESIDENT.)

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  • 1. Michael Mathias  |  September 2nd, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    So, there is no other experience you’d consider relevant?

  • 2. capper  |  September 3rd, 2008 at 12:52 am

    Bush was a governor too. Experience is only part of the equation of what makes a good president. Palin doesn’t have those qualifications.

  • 3. capper  |  September 3rd, 2008 at 12:54 am

    Geez, that sounded bad. Let me retry.

    Experience is only part of the equation of what makes a good president. Things like judgement, decision making skills and knowledge should also figure in among many others. Palin has many, many issues that should be of concern.

  • 4. elliot  |  September 3rd, 2008 at 6:22 am

    “So, there is no other experience you’d consider relevant?”

    Running a large business or commanding troops, or even being a senator are also all excellent types of experience for the job.

    And I actually think ALL the candidates running this year have some form of “relevant” experience. (I even give a little credence to the claim that running a large campaign is a form of experience).

    What I’m saying is it’s ridiculous to criticize Palin as having too little experience when she has the most experience of the type we have historically considered most relevant.

    Governors command troops and direct a system of justice. Governors deal with legislatures and wield a veto. Governors make political appointments and propose budgets. The governor of a border state like Alaska (it does border Canada, you know) even has some experience dealing with foreign countries.

    Being a governor is literally the closest analogue to being the President of the United States.

    Now, I wish she had more than two years as governor; just as I wish Obama had been in office a little longer before running for President (as I’m sure you do as well).

    But I really think an alien with no axe to grind would call the experience question between the two tickets pretty much a draw (and, yes, I think an honest appraisal of resumes would even put Governor Palin ahead of Senator Obama on points).

  • 5. buzz  |  September 3rd, 2008 at 8:18 am

    “…I think an honest appraisal of resumes would even put Governor Palin ahead of Senator Obama on points”

    Do you really think honesty has any place in politics? It’s not about truth, it’s about how to spin irrelevancy into soundbites. The whole process is a sham, on BOTH sides.

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