Now, can you honestly say the same about her opponents?
Yes, I can. I do not see how you can possibly see her as experienced enough or savy enough to handle the job. Obama has been around the block a few times, as has Biden. I have no qualms with either of them. I do not see how you can feel comfortable with Palin and not with Obama. Her experience is weak, weak, weak. She runs a state that has fewer people than the city San Francisco! Her debate was most unimpressive (wink, wink). Hey, I don't want a VP who's trying to play cutesie with the camera. I want someone who can look a hostile in the eye and stand their ground. It isn't Palin.
I thought we decided that experience doesn’t count?
Oh well, She is the governor of a state with an $11 billion operating budget, a $1.7 billion capital budget and nearly 29,000 employees; she's got more executive experience than any candidate for president or vice president this year. In Alaska she took on the state political establishment, the incumbent Republican governor and the oil companies.
I guess if she had “more experience” like “Ahnuld” and ran up a buget shortfall of a coupla billions that would make her more qualified?
Your comparison to the city/county of san Francisco was very apt however. In 2003 San Francisco had 31,000 employees and another 4-5,000 on call contractors. Two thosand more for one city than the entire state of Alaska!
As for her commonness or shortcomings, many great presidents (and vice presidents!) have been more average than elitist. Ronald Reagan, from Eureka College, was a far better leader than Woodrow Wilson, a former president of Princeton. Wilson would have given you 100 Supreme Court opinions he disagreed with, whether you wanted to listen or not.
Barack Obama has also introduced Joe Biden as a Joe Six-Pack, saying, "His family didn't have much money … sometimes moving in with the in-laws or working weekends to make ends meet." Biden himself rarely misses a chance to say, "I was an Irish Catholic kid from Scranton with a father who, like many of yours in tough economic times, fell on hard times." Both veep candidates are trying to portray themselves as ordinary folks.
On experience, I'm all for it. But judgment is at least as important. Biden has 35 years in the Senate, yet his record on national-security issues during that span has been atrocious. He might be able to name Germany's chancellor, but he was wrong in his fierce opposition to Ronald Reagan in the 1980s and to the surge in 2007. Even Democrats don't see Biden as president. He got 0.9 percent of the vote in the Iowa caucuses. Forced out of the 1988 White House race for plagiarizing, he is that blend of longevity and long-windedness that you and other liberals accepts as statesmanship.