Friday, October 03, 2008

Palin v. Biden 

Joe Biden is a veteran of 30-odd years in the United States Senate, having been first elected in 1972. He is Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and has been the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee for 16 years, including being Chairman from 1987-95. He has run for President twice, in 1988 and 2008. He participated in 14 debates during his 2008 run before dropping out of the race in January 2008.

Sarah Palin is Governor of Alaska, having been elected in November 2006. She has been involved in elective politics since 1991, having served on the Wasilla, AK city council from 1992 to 1996 and as mayor of Wasilla from 1996 to 2002. She ran unsuccessfully for Lt. Governor in 2002, was appointed to chair the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in 2003 and served in that capacity for approximately a year, at which time she resigned claiming ethics violations by other Republican members of the Commission. After resigning she filed formal complaints against two members, who eventually resigned and one of whom paid a $12,000 fine.

During his time in the Senate, Joe Biden has been steeped in international issues and has been involved in numerous campaigns relating to the appointment of federal judges, not to mention making hundreds if not thousands of speeches and engaging in debate on the Senate floor and in committee hearings. Sarah Palin has been involved in national politics for approximately five weeks, since being tapped by John McCain to be his running mate. During that five week period she has had to get up to speed on national issues involving international relations, defense, the economy, immigration and a host of others, while participating fully in the McCain campaign, with all the travel and public appearances that entails. Most of these issues are irrelevant or at least immaterial to her current position as Governor and she has not been required to have any knowledge with respect to most of them until five weeks ago. (Most of the facts on Palin's background came from here.)

Joe Biden should have mopped the floor with Sarah Palin in last night's debate. He didn't.

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