From Sarah Palin, being interviewed by Bill O’Reilly. This one was even too much for O’Reilly when she claimed that the media should have questioned Joe Biden about his experience rather than questioning her about hers.
O’Reilly: You pointed out his [Obama’s] lack of experience — you don’t have that much experience. You walked away from the governorship after, what, two years? Two and a half years?
Palin: Going into my lame-duck session — my fourth legislative session — and not wanting to put Alaskans through a lame-duck session —
O’Reilly: OK, but is it fair for you to criticize Obama’s lack of experience when somebody could make the same criticism about you on the national stage.
Palin: If you’re talking about executive experience, I would put my experience up against his any day of the week. I have been elected to local office since 1992, and was a city manager, strong-mayor form of government, was a chief executive of the state, and was an oil and gas regulator. There was some good experience there that could have been put to use in a vice presidential ticket. We’ve to remember too that I wasn’t running for president.
O’Reilly: No, but that’s the key question. Because John McCain is up there in years, you had to be qualified to take that office over.
Palin: Right. But I — I’m saying I was running for vice president, just like Joe Biden had been running for vice president. I never once heard you or anybody else question Joe Biden and his experience.
O’Reilly: Well, he’s got a lot of experience.
This whole notion of executive experience being important is silly. Biden, for all his many faults, is a guy with serious experience in foreign policy and military issues, a guy who has spent the last few decades legislating on such issues. Comparing having been the mayor of Wasilla to that because it’s technically an executive position is patently absurd. She might as well have claimed to have run a Dairy Queen as experience.
But this one may be even worse. See if you can find a coherent thought in this mess:
O’Reilly: Let me be bold and fresh again. Do you believe you are smart enough, and incisive enough, intellectual enough, to handle the most powerful job in the world?
Palin: I believe that I am because I have common sense, and I have, I believe, the values that are reflective of so many American values. And I believe that what Americans are seeking is not the elitism, the, um, the, ah — kind of spineless — a spinelessness that perhaps is made up for that with elite Ivy League education and — fact resume that’s based on anything but hard work and private-sector, free-enterprise principles. Americans could be seeking something like that in positive change in their leadership. I’m not saying that that has to be me.
I’ll see your tired cliche and raise you several platitudes and a bunch of gibberish.