"It depends on what the meaning of the words 'is' is." - Bill Clinton. Who'd have thought the Republicans would learn to be as adept at redefining the language as was Bill Clinton! Now, let's take the word "experience".
We've been hearing how "experienced" Sarah Palin is. Experienced in foreign policy by virtue of having a State National Guard, executive experience from being a small town mayor and Governor for a year and a half of a sparsley populated state. Technically all this is correct. Let's translate it into the real world.
Let's look at her education. Where did she graduate in her class and what was her grade point? Was she at the top of her class like Obama, barely graduating like McCain or somewhere in between? What did she do between graduation and becoming a mayor? I'm sure it's out there; I'll admit I haven't taken the time to look. Where is the media?
A small town mayor. One of my very good friends was the mayor of one of our local small towns of about the same population. She was a great mayor. She is not, however, qualified by that "experience" to run the Executive Branch of government, what's more the country.
Hub was in the Air National Guard. That did not give him the "experience" to be commander-in-chief. During his career he travelled the world. I often travelled with him. What does that mean? Did I travel the world with him or did I travel from Bellevue to Sea-Tac to put him on a plane? Actually I did travel the world with him but it gave neither of us foreign policy "experience" except in his field.
While change in the way Washington goes about it's business is long over due let's be realistic about how that's likely to come about. It's not going to happen by redefining language or candidates to fit a word. It's going to take a keen understanding of what the problems are, a sincere desire to make it happen and the know how to navigate the barriers that will be faced.
I have enough problem with three Senators in this mix because of characteristics that seem to invade their beings by osmosis; I have no patience with an insider want-to-be who is allowing herself to be defined for the sake of what? Winning? Ego? Power?
This campaign is all about change. Both parties are touting it. The question is which type of change do you want? What does your "experience" tell you?