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History on Vice Presidential qualifications

September 25, 2008

Sarah Palin says her level of experience is comparable to other VP’s in history.  Turns out she’s right… in only two instances since George Washington.  And who are those two?  Lawrence Lessig looked at all of them to find out…

(Can’t remember where I saw this but HT, whoever you are)

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  1. Janet
    September 27, 2008 at 19:38 | #1

    This is very well done.  I wish more people could see stuff like this.

  2. September 27, 2008 at 21:50 | #2

    As far as Lessig’s comments are concerned …

    1.  IMO, the most striking thing about the Gibson interview was that he let her off the hook.  Viz., when she clearly didn’t know the meaning of the Bush doctrine, he gave it to her.  What?  As an interviewer, I would never do that.  Let the interviewee squirm.  It’s not like he was asking if she liked Coke Zero … the Bush doctrine is an important, defining policy of the past 8 years.

    2.  There were questions that she didn’t answer.  Yes, I know all politicians do this.  But I am sick to death of interviewers that let them get away with it.  “We’re not going on until you truly answer the last question.”

    3.  Many of the VPs Lessig discusses are as UNqualified (or more so) as Palin.  Is he suggesting it’s OK for the bar to be set low?

    One of the major failings of our democracy is the state of the media.  Fixing it starts with journalists who have the guts to not be intimidated, to not be held hostage by whether their source of significant interviews might dry up.  Just one truly hard-hitting, uncompromising but “fair” (i.e. not Faux News style) interview would be eaten up by the public.  There would be no problem with such journalists getting more work.

  3. Janet
    September 27, 2008 at 22:10 | #3

    I still think Peggy Hill is more qualified than Sarah Palin. 

    Peggy is more sensible too: I’ll bet her eyeglasses are $59.95 jobbers from Megalo-Mart.

  4. September 28, 2008 at 12:27 | #4

    I don’t begrudge Palin her spectacles or anything she chooses having to do with clothing, style, etc.  The glasses are not quite right for her face, IMO, but that is highly subjective.  I don’t care for her hair style, but hey, it’s her life.

    I wear Calvin Klein spectacles that are not cheap.  I get iZon lenses (extra $100) for them because the lenses provide me with the best possible vision in a spectacle, especially for night driving.

    The style of the frames (also “frameless”) has nothing to do with my intelligence, qualifications for a particular job, etc.; they are chosen for how I think they enhance my appearance.  But if this particular frame didn’t work for my vision, I would choose something else.

    And except for a relatively small contribution by my vision plan, I pay for them out of my pocket.

    Long way of saying … ability and performance should be judged on just that, not on stylistic judgments.

  5. Janet
    September 28, 2008 at 13:45 | #5

    Right, Wee Dram—it is Palin’s ability and performance that should be judged, not her style.  I tend to agree with Lessig in that I don’t think I want someone in office who’s another “Aw, shucks” sort of person…eight years of that (GW) have gotten us in quite a mess.  Just my political opinion here…an opinion that I don’t get to express much where I live because you might find your car keyed.

    In mentioning the glasses, I was just trying to be light-hearted about this; I watch King of the Hill and immediately saw the physical similarity.  Apparently others have too (google Peggy Hill Sarah Palin.

  6. September 29, 2008 at 18:56 | #6

    I really liked the video and must say I agree with most of what he said. Although, like WeeDram I too heard him mention a couple VPs that seemed lacking in experience.

    Which is why I don’t really argue the issue. I could give a fuck less. Let’s look at the issues and intelligence first, then if it’s a close tie I will focus on experience. Generally speaking…

    This Lessig fellow is rather interesting, I recommend to anyone that found this one informative to look up some of his other presentations.

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