There has been much talk of experience and qualifications in regards to Sarah Palin and the VP slot. While one looks at the person of Sarah Palin, both as a person and from her experience, one finds that she :
- is young (under 45)
- has a reputation as a Republican Reformer
- has taken on Republican Party Establishment
- has a large family with many children
- is a lover of outdoor sports
- is a Hunter
- was chosen as VP Candidate with less than 2 years experience as Governor
While this describes Sarah Palin, it also describes Teddy Roosevelt. Roosevelt was Vice President for one year when William McKinley died. Yet with a similar resume to Palin’s, he became one of the most influential Presidents in American history. Leadership is not about any kind of Government experience, it’s about having the right ideals and philosophy, and having those intangible characteristics to lead. Truth is, one can never be sure who will be a good or great President and who will be a disappointment, but it is ideology and worldview that help give the best indication. President George H.W. Bush was probably one of the most qualified presidents in history, but he did not perform in a way that made him one of the greats. Lincoln was probably one of the more “unqualified” men to ever occupy the White House, but was arguably one of the greatest, if not the greatest, President. Palin’s Washington “experience” may not match that of Biden and McCain’s, but she has the right ideology, and at least so far, she appears to exhibit that intangible leadership quality that can effect real change in government.
(The above bullet points are a paraphrase of an item that is all over the Internet in various forms).