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On Palin’s Qualifications and Obama’s . . . .

Now, whenever a liberal friend or family member asks me if Sarah Palin is qualified to be vice president, I respond by noting her record of taking on entrenched interests before her election as Alaska Governor and of effecting reform as chief executive of the Last Frontier. They will then brush aside my answers, press the question, noting her fumbles in recent TV interviews and he lack of experience in national politics.

That absence of experience was once the main appeal of their candidate for the White House.

Since I realize they’ll never consider Palin’s accomplishments, I’ll ask them what Obama has  done. They’ll reply that he’s done lots and lots. I ask for specifics. Well, he was editor-in-chief of the Harvard Law Review. He wrote a book, no, two! He was a community organizer . . . He gave a great speech . . .

As they press me, I press them, asking to identify specific Obama accomplishments, you know like policies enacted or reforms effected.  A this point, they fall silent.

I find I’m not the only one to so press Obama supporters. My left-leaning lesbian friend wrote me yesterday:

I’ve been asking people…”so what is it that he has done that leads you to believe that he would make a good president…or that he would even qualify for the job…just give me one accomplishment”…

They reply that he’s bright, but like my interlocutors, hers also go silent.

Wonder why the media doesn’t run more stories on Obama’s qualifications or whether he’s been properly vetted.

Related: What Justifies the Left’s Enthusiasm for Obama?

Palin Took on More Entrenched Interests Before Election as Alaska Governor . . . than Obama has in his entire political career

Whatever Happened to Obama’s Postpartisanship?

Remember Obama’s original appeal, how he was going to reach across the partisan divide to bring people together?

Well, that like so many other Obama plans and promises seems to have fallen by the way-side.  When asked on Wednesday by ABC’s John Berman if he could have “done more, before the House vote yesterday to lobby for votes,” he indicated the limitations of his appeal: “I don’t think me calling House Republican members would have been that helpful, I tend not to be that persuasive on that side of the aisle.

And he only called Democrats to get their ideas. Sounds more that he wants to head a think tank than to lead a nation.

Sarah Palin on her gay friend

Welcome Instapundit Readers!!

Over at her blog, Lloydletta’s Nooz and Comments, Eva Young alerts us to a video of Sarah Palin commenting on her attitudes toward homosexuality:

While I disagree with the Alaska Governor’s contention that her friend “made a choice” to be gay, I’m pleased that we have yet another piece of video showing Palin saying that she doesn’t judge people because they are gay. She has remained friends with a woman even after learning of her lesbianism.

These remarks are consistent with her past statements on homosexuality.

Importantly, she doesn’t define her friend by her sexuality: “She’s not my gay friend, she is one of my best friends.” That’s how I hope my straight friends see me.  How we all should hope our straight friends see us.

This seems in fitting with the “live and let live” spirit of Alaska, something I’d like to see become increasingly regnant in the Republican Party. With the prominence of John McCain and Sarah Palin in the GOP, that seems to be becoming increasingly likely.

We know how John McCain treats friends and colleagues when he learns they’re gay. His running mate has the same attitude.

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UPDATE from Bruce (GayPatriot): Dan, I never watch any of the network news programs, but oddly happened to change channels just as this clip was being aired. My take immediately was that her friend had the choice to “come out” and that she admired her friend for doing so. But that’s just my impression of her comments.

UP-UPDATE (from Dan): Good point, Bruce. We do make a choice in coming out.