Palin’s Credentials Reads Like a Padded Resume

Elisabeth Hasselbeck

Today on The View republican apologist, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, was given the opportunity to tell the world why she feels that Sarah Palin is qualified to be Vice President, or God forbid, President of the United States. After trying to redirect the question to Obama’s qualifications, Elisabeth parroted what only can be described as a short laundry list of qualifications that have been floated around since Palin blasted onto the scene just before the Republican National Convention.

She has executive experience, she’s commanded the Alaskan National Guard, and she is an “expert” on oil.

Palin’s National Guard Experience:

Delving deeper into what supporters are calling one of Palin’s strongest attributes, provides little detail on what Palin has actually done as the “commander” of the Alaskan National Guard. Hasselbeck exclaimed that Palin has commanded the National Guard “in times of war,” yet in an interview with the Associated Press, Maj. Gen. Craig Campbell said that he and Palin play no role in national defense activities, even when they involve the Alaska National Guard. The entire operation is under federal control, and the governor is not briefed on situations. Of course, days later, Campbell appeared on FoxNews to soften the blow of what he said. (Which he was rewarded for in terms of a promotion.)

And who can forget Tucker Bounds inability to cite one instance where Palin actually had to command the National Guard in terms of National Security?

Palin’s Expertise on Oil:

In my opinion, this is Palin’s strongest qualification; however, it isn’t helped by the McCain/Palin campaigns gross overstatement of the things that Palin has achieved in terms of oil. The McCain/Palin camp have boasted that Palin is responsible for negotiating a $40-billion pipeline project for Alaska. They have also stated that the state of Alaska is responsible for 20% of our nations oil production.

The facts? Well, recently, the Resource Development Council for Alaska updated their website to say that Alaska accounts for 20% of domestic oil production between the period 1980-2000; which helps to put the McCain/Palin camp comments into context. The update notes that Alaska currently accounts for 15% of the nations oil production. In this case, the deception lies in what is not stated. While Alaska accounts for 14.3% of oil produced in the US, it only accounts 4.8% of the oil that is actually supplied to the United States.

As far as that pipeline? Well, the folks over at Politifact.org have ranked that as “barely true.”

Executive Experience:

Now we arrive at what I deem to be the weakest argument. One must only look as far as Dubya himself to note that Executive Experience isn’t all what it’s cracked up to be. Enough said.

Being able to successfully pad a resume is a tangible skill in and of itself. Whether it is stretching the truth on her states contribution to oil, or insisting that a refueling stop in Ireland, and being able to see Iraq from the Kuwait/Iraqi border truly counts as “foreign travel,” this resume has enough padding to stuff a whole gaggle of prom-goers brassieres.

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3 Comments to “Palin’s Credentials Reads Like a Padded Resume”

  1. If Sarah Palin is not qualiufied to be Vice President because she is only the Govrenor of Alaska, why was Bill Clinton qualified to be President when he was only the Governor of Arkansas?

  2. why not just say the truth – you are a hack Democrat party operative posing as a hack Democrat party operative

  3. I never said that she wasn’t qualified because she is “only” a governor. My point is that JUST BECAUSE she’s a governor, it doesn’t mean that she is AUTOMATICALLY qualified to run the country in any capacity.

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