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In the last few weeks Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has been successfully denigrated to the point where some pollsters are suggesting she's become a drag on the McCain ticket.
Despite her overwhelming popularity among the GOP faithful and the mega crowds she generates wherever she appears the mainstream "news" media has created the perception that she's really not up for the job of Vice President.
With expectations so low for her performance tonight, Governor Palin can hardly fail to make a good impression if she's encouraged to come out swinging and show that she's made of stronger stuff than the media would have you believe.
Turn Biden's experience on it's head
Governor Palin will be standing on stage with Senator Joe Biden, a man who has been in the U.S. Senate longer than John McCain. No question Biden has more experience than Sarah Palin. But Palin can also point out that SHE has at least as much experience, if not more, than Senator Obama. She can also point to the great number of times where Biden's experience has led him to advocate policies that were just flat out WRONG!
- Biden's experience led him to suggest that we partition Iraq into Kurdish, Sunni and Shia enclaves. That would have been a prescription for a REAL Civil War.
- Biden argued against the first Gulf War to remove Saddam Hussein's army from Kuwait. A move he later admited was a mistake.
- Biden was an early supporter of the surge of U.S. troops in Iraq. On Meet the Press, November 27, 2005: “I’ve been calling for more troops for over two years, along with John McCain and others subsequent to my saying that.”
- But when it became politically unpopular to support the mission in Iraq Biden flipped: At a January 2007 hearing, he thundered: “Why do we want to stop the surge? We don’t agree with the mission.”
- Biden predicted the 2005 Iraqi elections were “going to be ugly,” marred by violence. Instead they went off smoothly. By late 2006, Biden concluded that Sunni-dominated Anbar province had “morphed into an indigenous jihadist movement” and that “no number of troops can solve the sectarian problem and we don’t have enough troops to definitively deal with the jihadist threat.” Wrong again!
- Biden once refered to the idea of a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq as a "gigantic mistake" but changed his tune when he became Obama's running mate.
- Foreign Relations Chairman Biden appeared oblivious to the fact that the Iranians are Persians, not Arabs, when he suggested America needs to show the Arab world that we’re not bent on its destruction. “Seems to me this would be a good time to send, no strings attached, a check for $200 million to Iran" he said after September 11, 2001.
And let's not forget this nugget of Biden wisdom:
Biden appearing on The Daily Show, August 2, 2005: “John McCain is a personal friend, a great friend, and I would be honored to run with or against John McCain, because I think the country would be better off, be well off no matter who...”More at National Review's Andy McCarthy and Jim Geraghty.
Governor Palin has a golden opportunity to turn the tables on Biden's "experience" and reset the playing field which has so heavily favored Obama-Biden these last two weeks.
It's time for both her and Senator McCain to take the gloves off and use this opportunity to educate America's voters on the truth about Obama and Biden (the #1 and #3 top liberals in the U.S. Senate). With the audience watching tonight not expecting much, Palin can score big.
Let Sarah Be Sarah TONIGHT!