My first diary after convention.. firstly I am honored and inspired by democrats platform this year. Kudos to Obama for managing the stage so well and excellent speech towards end of convention. I am all in and hope Obama gets in there and delivers for America. Having said that, I was fondly surprised by JM's pick of Sarah Palin. Needless to say, I am actually enthralled by her Bio and how she got to where she got, although I disagree most of her positions, especially gay rights and abortion rights. Having said that, I wanted to write an honest diary about recent talking points after her announcement by bigwigs of TV land.. and heres my take..
Obama: position aspiring for : President
Palin: position aspiring for : vice president
Obama: Harvard Law School, J.D. magna cum laude, President, Harvard Law Review
Palin: Bachelor of Science degree in communications-journalism from the University of Idaho, minored in political science.
Professional experience :
Obama: Director of the Developing Communities Project, Senior Lecturer, in Constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School, Worked as an associate attorney with Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland
S: broadcasting as a sports reporter for local Anchorage television stations, commercial fishing
Public office experience:
Illinois Senate 1996-2004, chairman, Health and Human Services Committee
United States Senate 2004-present
Member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Chairman, Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on European Affairs, Member, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, Member, Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Member, Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs
City Council member (1992-1996)
Mayor of Wasilla, AK (1996-2006); President of Alaska Conference of Mayors
Governor for 2 years
Bucking party line and having independent opinions: (this section is essential because Obama was not in senate to vote on Iraq war and palin was not in elected position when she was a whistle blower)
Obama: Anti Iraq war speech, one of the boldest things Obama had done when opposing it was almost equal to supporting terrorism.. Obama had clear judgement, and right instinct and was correct in opposing it at inception, despite knowing he would be risking his political career
Palin: Ethics Commissioner of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, where she served from 2003 to 2004 until resigning in protest over what she called the "lack of ethics" of fellow Alaskan Republican leaders, who ignored her whistleblowing complaints of legal violations and conflicts of interest. After she resigned, she exposed the state Republican Party's chairman, Randy Ruedrich, one of her fellow Oil & Gas commissioners, who was accused of doing work for the party on public time, and supplying a lobbyist with a sensitive e-mail. Palin filed formal complaints against both Ruedrich and former Alaska Attorney General Gregg Renkes, who both resigned
Showing independent agenda and bucking party line after being elected to office:
Obama : Worked with JM for brief period as part of ethics reforms bill but didnt take it to completion, Mydd commentors please fill in the blanks
worked with Dick Durbin to put forward the bill that created a database to see how government money to corporations and individuals is metered out.
Palin: rescinded 35 appointments made by fellow rpublican governor, Murkowski, oposed Bridge to Nowhere, Exposed legal violations and conflicts of interest of Alaska Republican leaders, asked ted stevens to come clean publicly, earned reputation as bipartisan by making both republicans and democrats in cabinet positions
Foriegn relations experience:
Obama plenty, as listed above
Palin: almost NIL, unless you consider visiting Iraq, Kuwait and soldiers in Germany as experience, or consider governing state bordering canada and russia as experience :)
Palin; two years as governor and 10 years as mayor of small town with 9000 people
Values: Both are devout christians
Family values: Both have committed spouses and blessed with wonderful children
I hope my comparison is fair. Sarah Palin is republican, and her values are closer to republican platform, and Obama democrat and his values are closer to democratic platform, so I havent written much about each others value system and particular stances, but none of them are boldly out of their party league.
I would be looking at comments and editing the diary in case I missed anything.
Also, I am excited for republicans because Sarah Palin is a wonderful, articulate and smart woman, although her policy positions I disagree with. But in the first two days, I have been pleasantly impressed by her and what she brings to the ticket and america in general, and irrespective of who wins this election, history books will be left with a bold titles.