Saturday, March 19, 2011

Classiest Pols in America, Vol #2 - "I'm just saying!" Mama Grizzlie in New Delhi

Installment two:

Sarah Palin gave a closing Keynote speech yesterday at the India Today Conference in New Delhi, India.  The speech exposed her lack of understanding as to India's economy. If she charged her usual $100,000 speaking fee, you would think she would have tried to bone up on the facts before hand. The speech was followed by questions and answers.

Money Quote:
When Mr. Purie asked why the Republican ticket lost the 2008 elections.
“Cos of the media,” she said, “No, just kidding, no. Candidate Obama he had a strong campaign, he was the agent of change, and though he was inexperienced and relatively unknown in the U.S., people still desired that change.”
“But you could have been that change too, your ticket?” said Mr. Purie
“I wasn’t the top of the ticket, remember?,” said Ms. Palin. “I’m not saying I should’ve been, I’m just saying.”
John McCain's and Sarah Palin's resumes as they existed in September, 2008, when the ticket was formed:

John McCain

Naval Academy graduate. 

Decorated Vietnam War Hero.  POW in Hanoi who refused early repatriation by the North Vietnamese after they learned his father, an admiral, was Commander-in-chief, U.S. Pacific Command.  He insisted that every man captured before him be released before he was.  Subjected to torture for his refusal. 

Three years as U.S. Navy liaison to the U.S. Senate.  Credited while in this job with having out-maneuvered the Carter White House to get congressional approval for a new aircraft carrier the administration opposed.

Two terms in the United States House of Representatives. Served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.  With his wife, Cyndy, adopted a Bangladeshi daughter from an orphanage run by Mother Teresa.

Fourteen years in the United States Senate.  Served on the Armed Services Committee and the Commerce Committee, including chairing it  Known for taking stands counter to his party on principle, and given the nickname "Maverick" because of it.  Worked on anti-smoking legislation and opposed pork-barrel spending.  Known for working with colleagues across the aisle, and did so to become co-author of landmark campaign finance reform, the McCain-Feingold Act, unsuccessfully promoted cap and trade legislation (to roll greenhouse gases back to 2000 levels) and, with Senator Kennedy, to promote comprehensive immigration reform.

Experienced national campaigner from his unsuccessful 2000 run for the GOP preidential nomination.
Sarah Palin

Attended University of Hawaii at Hilo, Hawaii Pacific University, North Idaho Community College, University of Idaho - Moscow, Matanuska-Susitna College (AK), and graduated from University of Idaho with BS in Communications.

Sportscaster in Anchorage.

Worked in commercial fishing with husband.

Four years on the Wasilla, Alaska City Council.

Six years as Wasilla mayor, pop. 5469.

President, Alaska Conference of Mayors in 1999.

Governor of Alaska for two and a half years.  Championed ethics reform.  Promoted drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.  Supported earmarks for the Bridge to Nowhere.

"I'm just saying" I see a change coming over her.  I like the less egocentric Palin. 

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