Steve Flesher has an interesting article today in the American Thinker. In his piece, Flesher looks at some of the similarities — and differences — between the two female politicians who may run for the Republican Party’s nomination in 2012. (While Governor Palin has yet to announce her intentions, Michele Bachmann has officially declared…twice so far.) Flesher begins his piece by noting the biased media coverage that both women can expect to face. However, as Flesher points out, one has been through this for over three years and proven she’s prepared for it, and one has not:
…unfortunately for those in the media and the blueblood elite members of the Republican Party, this isn’t the first time Sarah Palin’s dealt with it. This in and of itself is not good news for Michele Bachmann.
After the Congresswoman’s announcement in Iowa yesterday, Bachmann innocently and erroneously claimed John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa. As a result of her gaffe, the media immediately pounced.
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.
Flesher grants that there are some similarities between the two women…
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.
…before noting the obvious: Any objective comparison of their records inures overwhelmingly to Governor Palin’s benefit:
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.
While I’m not one to put a lot of stock in the “Bachmann can’t win because nobody has been elected from the House since 1880 theory”, everything else is indisputable. When you compare the two records in terms of executive experience and actual accomplishment, there is no comparison. With all due respect to Andrea Tantaros, I have no idea what she’s talking about when she claims Bachmann “boasts an impressive resume“. Let’s take a look at that “impressive resume”, shall we. A law degree, a legislative career consisting of a several years in the state legislature followed by four years, give or take, in Washington (with zero legislative accomplishment), and little or no executive experience. Hmmmm. That resume sure sounds familiar. Is it just me or is there someone else we recently elected with an, um, similar resume?
I digress. In his conclusion, Flesher returns to the omnipresent mainstream media:
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.
I can’t disagree with any of that. There hasn’t been a candidate in American history more thoroughly vetted than Governor Palin. There will be no “October surprise” with her…she’s been through the white heat of a presidential campaign complete with an overtly hostile press. This upcoming presidential election is likely the most important in our lifetime, and it’s not hyperbole to suggest this may well be our last chance to turn things around and once again become the shining city on a hill to which Reagan referred. Given the stakes, why would we even consider throwing away that chance by nominating an un-vetted candidate with virtually zero practical executive experience, little, if any, legislative accomplishment, and a resume eerily similar to that of the current White House occupant?