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Newt Gingrich Destroys the Sarah Palin has no Experience Meme

The lie that Sarah Palin has less experience than Barack Obama is so easy to refute that Newt Gingrich did it in one 30 second interview on the floor of the Republican Convention.

As I pointed out yesterday, as governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin managed an $11 billion budget and 15,000 state employees. What has Barack Obama done that compares? Oh, right, he's managing his own campaign. Take a look at this joke of an argument:

Well, you know, my understanding is that, uh, Governor Palin's town of Wasilly [sic] has, uh, 50 employees, uh, uh, we've got 2500, uh, in this campaign. I think their budget is maybe $12 million a year. Uh, uh, we have a budget of about three times that just for the month. Uh, so I think that, uh, our ability to manage large systems, uh, and to, uh, execute, uh, I think has been made clear over the last couple of years. Uh, and certainly, in terms of, uh, the legislation that I've passed just dealing with this issue post-Katrina, uh, of how we handle emergency management. The fact that, uh, many of my recommendations were adopted and are being put in place, uh, as we speak indicates to extent to which we can provide the kinds of support and good service that the American people expect.

So running for president is experience that qualifies him to be president? Ha ha ha ha!! Also, note how he doesn't even acknowledge Governor Sarah Palin's experience as the chief executive of the state of Alaska. He has to deliberately steer clear of it because he knows he can't compete with her on that level, so all he can do is run against her experience as mayor of Wasilla and hope no one will call him on it. Sadly, the Obamedia are more than happy to oblige him.

Lorie adds: Obama asked for it. He's getting it. The McCain campaign will be releasing an ad comparing Sarah Palin's experience to Barack Obama's.


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Comments (38)

Did he really say 'Wasilly'... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

Did he really say 'Wasilly'?

If so, should a Presidential campaign really act so immature? Is that supposed to help people decide to choose him?

Did he really say 'Wasil... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

Did he really say 'Wasilly'?

By 'he', I mean the Obama campaign.

Obama's statement convinces... (Below threshold)

Obama's statement convinces me. I voting for the man with the most experience running for President...Ralph Nadar.

Too bad Harold Stassen and Pat Paulsen are dead. Now they really had experience!

I love the "back to you Kei... (Below threshold)

I love the "back to you Keith" line. Newt's laugh at that was great too! MSNBC, you just got you Butt handed to you AGAIN!

Shortly after the end of th... (Below threshold)

Shortly after the end of this clip, Olbermann's head exploded. Fortunately for the cleaning crew, his head was empty, so clean-up was no biggie.

Could MSNBC be any deeper in the tank for The One?

His "My experience running ... (Below threshold)

His "My experience running for president is better than her experience running a government." argument is going to blow up in his face when its pointed out that all he's done is hired people to run his campaign while she has actually run a government and served as a mayor of a city.

Kim:Good po... (Below threshold)


Good points, but I think you missed the hubris of Obama. Yes he has managed a great campaign, kicking Hillary's arse. And if memory serves, McCain has had to reinvent his own campaign several times to get it right. Give the devil his due.

The key difference is that Obama has managed his own "Enterprise" under ideal conditions. He has hired the best from his party who didn't work for someone else. He has had the media solidly in his pocket. He has had near unlimited funds to accomplish his purpose and he has had near unlimited acolytes from the unsophisticated young to put their energy into working for him. And he succeeded.

Palin had to beat the incumbents, often under the gun of a hostile press (is that right?), which makes a huge difference. She did the same as Obama and licked the entrenched parts of her own party. There are more similarities between the two than Obama wants to admit in terms of what they had to do to get elected or nominated.

The difference is that Palin then went on to govern. She has maintained an 80% plus popularity rating in the face of all the sour grapes types snipping from every corner. She has had to manage a budget and a bureaucracy that wasn't always compliant with her wants. In other words, she has had to do the job instead of run for the job.

Thanks for that update, Lor... (Below threshold)

Thanks for that update, Lorie! Check out the end of the McCain camp statement:

The McCain campaign will have no further comment about our long and thorough process. This nonsense is over. It is time to begin the debate about how to win the two wars this country is engaged in,how to make this country energy independent and how to create jobs for American families that are hurting. The American people get to do the vetting now on Election Day -- Nov. 4.

Finally, I was getting ready for work this morning going 'why don't they just stop responding to this cra* and answer every question about it with 'that's enough of this cra*', let's talk about issues, stop playing their game'

The Obamians are like kids ... (Below threshold)

The Obamians are like kids in a sand box - the most they can do is kick sand and call names.

If he is the Obamessiah the... (Below threshold)

If he is the Obamessiah then she is the Anti-Obama.

Here is one accomplishment ... (Below threshold)
rodney dill:

Here is one accomplishment for Obama --
High school drug user

Wow, talk about getting rip... (Below threshold)

Wow, talk about getting ripped a new one...

BTW, I counted 17 "uh"s in ... (Below threshold)

BTW, I counted 17 "uh"s in Obama's response.

If the MSM wants to count the number of times Fred Thompson coughs or clears his throat, I say we keep track of the "uh"s in the One's responses.

Obama cannot say anything u... (Below threshold)

Obama cannot say anything unless it is written down for him. Wait for the debates. Yay! ww

Comparisons between Palin a... (Below threshold)

Comparisons between Palin and Obama:

Palin went against corruption...Obama only talked about it.

Palin actually had to make state and local budgets work...Obama never had to worry about spending money.

Palin bucked her own party for the better good of the voter...Obama bucked the good of the voter for the better good of the Daleys, Strogers and Jones families.

Palin organized the community with visible results..Obama was a 'community organizer' that accomplished nothing but more of the same.

Finally ...

Palin hunts the wily moose...Obama hunts the wily arugula.

I am so glad that someone e... (Below threshold)
Richard Roark:

I am so glad that someone else noticed that he said Wasilly. Slip? From that great orator? I think not.

You know, if Obama running ... (Below threshold)
Big Mo:

You know, if Obama running for president grants him the experience to BE president, then I am qualified to be in his cabinet, based on the fact that I've voted in elections since 1988!

Karl Rove Destroys the S... (Below threshold)

Karl Rove Destroys the Sarah Palin has Experience Meme

"With all due respect, again, to Governor Kaine, he's been a governor for three years. He's been able, but undistinguished. I don't think people could really name a big, important thing that he's done. He was mayor of the 105th-largest city in America. And, again, with all due respect to Richmond, Virginia, it's smaller than Chula Vista, California, Aurora, Colorado, Mesa or Gilbert, Arizona, North Las Vegas, or Henderson, Nevada. It's not a big town. If he were to pick Governor Kaine, it would be an intensely political choice, where he's said, 'You know what? I'm really not first and foremost concerned with, is this person capable of being president of the United States?

In addition, of the 21 eligible sitting Republican governors, Palin ranks 17th in experience. Comparing to sitting Republican senators, she ranks 44 out of 46.

So you can drop the "it's all about the experience" canard. McCain doesn't care about experience.

I think Obama just admitted... (Below threshold)

I think Obama just admitted that his campaign is the biggest thing he's ever managed in his life. Except, of course, he has a campaign manager to do that for him, all he does is give the speeches. Heck, his wife has more executive experience than he does.

if you want john mccain for... (Below threshold)

if you want john mccain for president then all you are saying is that you want the same of the last 8 years and i dont think thats really good
higher gas prices and less jobs available for everybody else? huh you want that

If Obama get "experience po... (Below threshold)

If Obama get "experience points" for running his campaign, then what the hell is this guy getting paid for?

Is Obama campaign manager David Plouffe on the Obama dole like so many have been under admins run under democrat leadership?

Should the Obama campaign be investigated for waste fraud and abuse for having a paid campaign manager who has no job because Obama himself is actually running the show?

arjun - "if you want jo... (Below threshold)

arjun - "if you want john mccain for president then all you are saying is that you want the same of the last 8 years and i dont think thats really good higher gas prices and less jobs available for everybody else? huh you want that?"

Perhaps you can enlighten us on when, where and how a sitting president can or will have anything but a token influence on gas prices.

One of the lowest unemployment rates in U.S. history destroys the remainder of your child-like (obama-like?) meme.

Does this mean people shoul... (Below threshold)

Does this mean people should vote for Obama's campaign manager instead of Obama?

Does this mean people sh... (Below threshold)

Does this mean people should vote for Obama's campaign manager instead of Obama?


Satan for President! :-)

"McCain doesn't care abo... (Below threshold)

"McCain doesn't care about experience."

Sure he does. YOU'RE the one who doesn't. One more time - She has more experience than Obama. Got that?

Heh. Does Obama really</... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

Heh. Does Obama really want to get into this briar patch?

Does he really want to argue that he is slightly more qualified than the vice presidential candidate?

I thought he was running for President, not Vice President.

O.K., Obama, let's say you are more qualified than the GOP's second-stringer. But then why should we vote for you for the top spot?

Lol, they keep comparing Ob... (Below threshold)

Lol, they keep comparing Obambi running for president to the VP on the Republican ticket. This is the best and Newt ripped the peacock to peices.

She has more experience ... (Below threshold)

She has more experience than Obama. Got that?

I got that you keep saying that. But you keep being wrong.

Newt is a dink, but ... (Below threshold)

Newt is a dink, but this is pretty good. Good for him.

Obama has: 
1. Served as pr... (Below threshold)
A. Raven:

Obama has: 
1. Served as president of the Harvard Law Review
2. Served in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004 (that's SEVEN years) 
3. He was elected to the Senate in November 2004 (that's FOUR years of experience)
As a member of the Democratic minority in the 109th Congress, he helped create legislation to control conventional weapons and to promote greater public accountability in the use of federal funds. He also made official trips to Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. During the 110th Congress, he helped create legislation regarding lobbying and electoral fraud, climate change, nuclear terrorism, and care for returned U.S. military personnel.
He doesn't need to add his PTA experience to got an extra line in his resume.

Obama wrote a bunch of legi... (Below threshold)

Obama wrote a bunch of legislation. Yay! Now show us where his experience is in putting it into practical application.

You could argue that McCain and Obama have the same experience in that regard, which would be "none" and we'd call it a wash, but comparing him to the VP candidate on the other ticket is, well ... funny.

Lets look at WHO brings up ... (Below threshold)

Lets look at WHO brings up the question of Palin's experience ... that would be the dems. That was their first line of attack. Who puts emphasis on her and the PTA ... that would be the dems. Which, by the by, is just as unimpressive as Obama being a community organizer.

I have, for the most part, given up trying to reason with left wing freaks as they are so far gone they cannot ever make it back to reality. And I still pose the same questions to them that they NOW pose to McCain/Palin supporters:

what has Obama done? Where is his experience? HOW is he going to make any change?

His experience being compared to the lesser experienced nominee on the GOP ticket is laughable. He still has YET to get into WHAT and HOW he intends to change. It is all rhetoric spouted out with no backing that the kool-aid drinkers lap up like little puppy dogs.

As for the "McSame" hounds ... 8 years ago who was running against GWB in the primaries with radically different views? John McCain.

And what happened to that M... (Below threshold)

And what happened to that McCain?

Barack Obama was a member o... (Below threshold)

Barack Obama was a member of Illinois senate from1996 to 2004.In 2004 he was elected to the U.S Senate.He has had extensive involvement in foreign affairs,energy,civil rights.Look up his achievements as they are too extensive to list.

Has she ever been a senator... (Below threshold)

Has she ever been a senator??? A mayor..... you've got to be kidding me, that's probably one of the lowest forms of political experience.A governor i can understand but a mayor is by far not as important as a senator. I'm just not ready for 4 or please god not 8 more years of Bush, and yes i said Bush

Experience only comes when ... (Below threshold)

Experience only comes when you actually accomplish something within your role, job, etc. I don't care how many councils you sit on, where you went to school, or how many years you have been in office. What I care about is what you did during your time in those councils, schools, and offices.

Obama has: 
1. Served as president of the Harvard Law Review
2. Served in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004 (that's SEVEN years) 
3. He was elected to the Senate in November 2004 (that's FOUR years of experience).

So what did Obama do during this time? He never wrote a major law. He did not reduce corruption in Chicago, one of the most corrupt areas in the country. Instead he accepted a deal from slumlord rezko who is responsible for some of the squalor low income people are forced to live in in Chicago. Instead he cozied up to a hate filled pastor who should not be able to call himself a pastor, just so he could gain the votes of those who approved of Wright's message of hate (at least I hope that's the reason and not something worse). Career before country.

He cared for the military personnel? Ha! If he truly cared he would not have snubbed the injured soldiers in Germany.

Obama has lines to fill a resume, but no substance behind the resume. A nice facade.

Also, do you really want to snub the PTA? While the PTA does not give one executive experience it does put you more in touch with everyday people and their concerns. Different stories, different worries, different perspectives.

Kristi, she is a governor. ... (Below threshold)

Kristi, she is a governor. Governor's gain more experience in a single month than senators get in ten years. Governor's are required to make decisions (they can't go on vacation), they are required to give a yes or no (a present vote is unknown to them), they are required to balance a budget (not a responsibility for senate members). Plus before you question her accomplishments. Obama talks about change and making sure we have enough energy, but he has not made any real progress. Palin has actually gotten construction to start on a natural gas pipeline. Do you want someone who promises change or someone who has already achieved change that benefits this country?

Remember the democrats took... (Below threshold)

Remember the democrats took over congress a year and a half ago , that is when the economy went in the toilet! Start putting blame on congress! Let Palin clean up the bad in congress, she is not afraid to try that is for darn sure.

I love the republican ticket more now than ever!






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