John McCain’s pants are on fire

by twit

From the Associated Press on August 31, 2008 via TPM:

Obama, 47, has spent almost 12 years in office, all of it as a lawmaker — eight years as an Illinois state senator and nearly four as a U.S. senator. Palin’s total is 12 — she spent 10 as a city council member and mayor, and nearly two as governor.

“If they want to go down that route, in all candor, she has far more experience than Senator Obama does,” McCain said Sunday in St. Louis.

and from MSNBC on August 31, 2008:

NBC’s Brian Williams asked John McCain on Nightly News tonight if Palin was the best choice given that he’s a 72-year-old cancer survivor.

McCain defended the choice, citing Palin’s experience, including being a governor, mayor and even working on the PTA.

“Facts are funny things,” McCain said, adding that she’s “been in office longer than” Obama.

He added, in fact, it’s “almost ludicrous to compare her experience with his — it’s no contest.”

Since when does ten years as a city council member and mayor of a small town in Alaska (“an office she won in 1996 by collecting 617 votes“) measure anywhere close to eight years as a legislator for the State of Illinois?  Since when does nearly two years as governor of a wealthy state measure anywhere close to nearly four years in the US Senate?

Palin has town-level political experience and some state-level experience.  Obama has state-level and national political experience, and he’s been on the national campaign trail for a year and a half.

It also looks like Palin has been incredibly incompetent during her time as Governor, since it looks like she got caught lying to the Alaskan people because her administration officials didn’t realize that their potentially illegal calls were being recorded. Tsk tsk…

update:  A quote from Obama via CNN on September 1, 2008:

“My understanding is that Gov. Palin’s town, Wassilla, has I think 50 employees. We’ve got 2500 in this campaign. I think their budget is maybe 12 million dollars a year – we have a budget of about three times that just for the month,” Obama responded.

update:  In response to questions from CNN about Governor Palin’s readiness to be President, McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds argues that Obama “has just as much experience” as Palin:


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