Sunday, August 31, 2008

Obama Gets Negative Bump From Democratic Convention

Usually presidential candidates get a statistical bump from the party conventions. This is normal. What is happening to Senator Obama is unusual. He is has received a negative bump following the convention and Senator McCain's announcement of Governor Palin as his running mate. Zogby (h/t Bob Robbins) now finds that McCain/Palin is leading Obama/Biden by 47% to 45%, and the Republican convention has yet to convene.

I think part of the reason is Mr. McCain's excellent choice for a running mate. Although Governor Palin's experience is somewhat light, it is better than Senator Obama's. Governor Palin has comparable experience to other vice presidents who were forced to assume office, such as Theodore Roosevelt and Calvin Coolidge. The sudden fixation of the media on her experience, while it has ignored Senator Obama's light endowment, is another laughable example of our clownish media's somersaults.


Diogenes said...

To paraphrase "I've read about Teddy Roosevelt, Senator McBush, and let me tell you: Governor Palin is no Teddy Roosevelt."

Read what Alaskans are saying, now that they've gotten over the initial shock and disbelief over Palin's selection:

A reporter for the Anchorage daily, Gregg Erickson, even did an online chat with the Washington Post, in which he revealed that Palin's approval rating in the state was not the much-touted 80%, but 65% and sinking -- and that among journalists who followed her it might be in the "teens." He added: "I have a hard time seeing how her qualifications stack up against the duties and responsibilities of being president.... I expect her to stick with simple truths. When asked about continued American troop presence in Iraq, she said she knows only one thing about that (I paraphrase): no one has attacked the American homeland since George Bush took the war to Iraq."

His paper found a number of leading Republican officeholders in the state who mocked Palin's qualifications. "She's not prepared to be governor. How can she be prepared to be vice president or president?" said Lyda Green, the president of the State Senate, a Republican from Palin's hometown of Wasilla. "Look at what she's done to this state. What would she do to the nation?"

Mitchell Langbert said...

Tsk, tsk. How do you know? When Teddy Roosevelt ran for VP in 1900, was he "Teddy Roosevelt"? Plus, he had little more experience than Palin, but all the Democratic media pretends that they don't like her because of experience.

If you don't like Republicans because they're Republicans, why not say so?