Saturday, July 2, 2011
Even before Representative Michele Bachmann officially announced that she's running for president, when she had just said she was considering it, all the talk began comparing her to Governor Palin. Strangely, the talking heads seemed to embrace Bachmann, propping her up as being more serious, more intelligent, more experienced than Governor Palin, and some even desired a catfight between the two.
No catfight has ensued. America cannot afford catfights, although the sexists--females as well as males, mind you--long to pit these two women against each other in some personal battle. When the future of the country is on the line, who in their right minds can stomach personal attacks? Rest assured, however, that it is always fair--and even prudent--to evaluate people based on their records. If we're going to engage in honest discussions about a candidate and potential candidate, let's be clear: place Michele Bachmann's resume and experience alongside Governor Palin's, and Bachmann's comes up wanting. It's not personal; it's fact.
Steve Flesher, writing for American Thinker, points this out. His assessment of the more qualified individual is based on facts and records. It's an objective article, and everyone should read it in its entirety (emphasis added):
While Bachmann is relatively new to the national spotlight and the media's dissection of every word uttered, Sarah Palin has undoubtedly proven it is something she can handle. Since 2008, Sarah Palin has been scrutinized, vetted, quoted, and taken out of context more times than practically any other politician in history.
As a result, she has a steel spine in dealing with it which matches her handling of dismayed establishment-politicians beholden to special interests.
To be fair, it is difficult to point out the differences between the two without first acknowledging the similarities.
Without a doubt, Palin and Bachmann are political allies. While Palin was campaigning with John McCain in 2008, Bachmann was on the House floor standing in opposition to the Wall Street bailout. While Sarah Palin was out selling books and preparing to campaign for a myriad of candidates, Michele Bachmann was rallying strong as a member of Congress against the stimulus and ObamaCare.
Both women are of strong faith. Both women are resourceful, attractive, young, and energetic. Further, they separately and collectively graced stages and podiums in 2010 at Tea Party rallies to deliver great energy to the crowds, leading to the most historic victory for conservatism since WW2.
In all honesty, their convictions alone make them both more than qualified to take on President Obama, win, and lead this country to the greater days we've yet to discover.
Still, on the basis of objective evidence, the chips fall in favor of Sarah Palin.
First, no President since James Garfield in 1880 has gone directly from the House of Representatives to the White House (my apologies to Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul fans).
Despite varying political persuasions, Americans instinctively prefer executive experience found in former governors including Reagan, Clinton, G.W. Bush, and even Carter.
As a former governor, Palin vetoed $237M of wasteful spending under Alaska's billion-dollar annual budget. She proposed and often convinced the legislators on both sides of the aisle to reduce burdens on individuals and businesses by eliminating nuisance taxes and various bureaucratic road blocks to success like license fees and other unnecessary costs.
She achieved a record 88% approval rating by showcasing her independent streak of reaching across the aisle to Democrats in the legislative branch. Doing this made sure that fellow Republicans were, too, held accountable.
While one can appreciate Michele Bachmann's entrepreneurial experience as a job-creator, Palin's similar experience is now combined with that of an executive of a state. She knows how to utilize business experience for the greater good of job creators.
Further, as former head of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (AOGCC), Sarah Palin knows firsthand the complexities involved in dealing with often-stubborn oil giants. Her experience can be utilized to explore tapping into our own resources benefiting our economy, creating jobs, and making us less dependent on foreign sources.
Finally, the aforementioned experience Palin has with handling the media is one characteristic which discourages Republicans from supporting her. However, those same naysayers seem to be ignoring the lashing Bachmann took yesterday.
In addition to voting records, experience, and name-recognition, media-written narratives have become an expected, yet sad reality to our electoral process. Since waiting around for the media to treat a good conservative candidate fairly is not likely to happen anytime soon, we have no choice but to accept it and fight back as we did in 2010.
That mission promises to be a lot easier with a candidate who has spent many years handling it than with one who is not even yet acclimated to it. Be it media wisdom, executive experience, or vast knowledge on issues like energy, it is Sarah Palin whose time has come.
Read Flesher's full piece here.