Sep 1, 2008

What would we do without scholars?

Sarah Palin's credentials found wanting.
Presidential scholars say she appears to be the least experienced, least credentialed person to join a major-party ticket in the modern era.

So unconventional was McCain’s choice that it left students of the presidency literally “stunned,” in the words of Joel Goldstein, a St. Louis University law professor and scholar of the vice presidency. “Being governor of a small state for less than two years is not consistent with the normal criteria for determining who’s of presidential caliber,” said Goldstein.

“I think she is the most inexperienced person on a major-party ticket in modern history,” said presidential historian Matthew Dallek.

Barack Obama, "look(s) like an elder statesman” in comparison. Especially because he comes from a bigger state.
“Not to belittle Alaska, but it’s different than the basket of issues you deal with in big, dynamic states,” Dallek said.

I'd love to know what "scholars" thought about Bill Clinton's experience as governor of bustling Arkansas.

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