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Brains! Need Brains! [Obama versus Palin]
Wizbang ^ | September 6, 2010 | Jay Tea

Posted on 09/06/2010 12:26:07 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

OK, I think it's time to spell out just why so many people on the right come across as "anti-intellectual" or "anti-elite." And the reason is based on one of the most fundamental rules of science.

Supporters of President Obama like to tout his intellectual credentials. Columbia, Harvard Law, Harvard Law Review Constitutional Law scholar, and so on. (Just don't look too carefully for actual proof of his intellect -- don't ask for his grades, his writings, or stuff like that. Just take his success there at face value.)

They especially like comparing his resume' to that of Sarah Palin's -- four schools, five years, one degree.

Obviously, Obama is a genius and Palin is a moron. Especially if you listen to them speak -- one's a gifted orator (especially with TOTUS at hand), the other's a down-home country bumpkin hick.

Here's where that fundamental rules of science kicks in:

Experiment always trumps theory.

Where Palin absolutely demolishes Obama is in reality. He's got the fancy certificates; she's got a Ph.D. from the School Of Hard Knocks.

Yes, she went to four schools over five years for her degree. That's because she paid her own way through, worked various jobs to earn her tuition, and went where she could afford to.

Obama dabbled briefly in the private sector, a low-end drone at a trading house. Then he discovered the delight of the public payroll.

Palin, on the other hand, helped start a couple of businesses. She's had to make -- and live within -- budgets. She's had to make payroll.

Obama went into public service as a career. Palin went in because she saw things that needed fixing, kept finding more things that needed fixing, and walked away when her enemies found a way to threaten her family's security.

Obama needs to be in office. Palin doesn't.

The fundamental difference between a lifetime academician and theorist like Obama and a lifetime pragmatist like Palin is that Obama is fundamentally incapable of recognizing and admitting that his theories might be wrong. If they don't work, then obviously he didn't explain it well enough, he didn't spend enough money, or the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy sabotaged it.

Palin, on the other hand, understands The First Rule Of Holes and The Definition Of Insanity. When something doesn't work, she looks at it again and, if necessary, tosses it aside.

It's not that the right is anti-intellectual. The right reveres great intelligence. But, to reveal my Dungeons and Dragons background, it also understands that Intelligence is different from Wisdom. And in a crunch, we'll trust Wisdom over Intelligence -- because Intelligence unchecked by Wisdom leads to hubris.

And in the hands of the powerful, hubris often leads to catastrophe. In Obama's case, it's clear that his inability to conceive that he might be wrong tends to make him "double down on stupid" -- witness how his reaction to the overwhelming public disapproval of ObamaCare (to the point where Democrats who voted for it are refusing to acknowledge their support for it) means, to him, that he has to just keep on trying to "educate" us about how wonderful it is. He simply can't grasp that a lot of us already know the details, and still reject it.

It's not the intelligence that turns off conservatives. It's arrogant, all-knowing intelligence untempered by wisdom and experience that turns us off. And we're not that respectful of those who worship that strain of intelligence.

It's a pity that the left can't accept that there is a diversity of intelligence, and the best minds embrace more than one strain.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Education; Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: 2010; 2012; democrats; elitists; obama; obamacare; palin; sarahpalin
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Hear, hear!
1 posted on 09/06/2010 12:26:12 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is a really good article.


2 posted on 09/06/2010 12:28:54 PM PDT by Borax Queen
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sarah really needs to learn some microphone technique she always sounds like she’s shouting and her voice can be particularly high and irritating when she speaks like that! Obama on the other hand is all technique without substance but it’s amazing how many that will fool!

Mel


3 posted on 09/06/2010 12:34:03 PM PDT by melsec
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To: Borax Queen
Flash forward to the presidential debates....

Palin dumps a pile of birth certificates on the podium....

Palin: "see your long form and raise you 10"

"These are my family birth certificates going back 5 generations"

4 posted on 09/06/2010 12:35:57 PM PDT by spokeshave (Islamics and Democrats unite to cut off Adam Smith's invisible hand)
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To: spokeshave

LOL, I would love that!


5 posted on 09/06/2010 12:39:08 PM PDT by Borax Queen
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To: melsec

I agree with what you said. It’s like someone taught Hussein to hypnotize people (I’ve seen online theories about that too). I can’t listen to him for two seconds because I feel like I am getting hypnotized!~ But even (my) conspiracy theories aside, you pegged it -— people fall for that.


6 posted on 09/06/2010 12:41:37 PM PDT by Borax Queen
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m into the final pages of a book I’d like to recommend and send to Sarah. It was written by Nixon and Ford’s Secretary of the Treasury, William E. Simon, and it’s a fantastic primer into how state (and federal) governments “work.” The book’s title is “A Time for Truth.”

The book’s “preface” was written by Milton Friedman, and the book’s “forward” was written by F. A. Hayek — Two great economic names.

Contact info is requested.


7 posted on 09/06/2010 12:43:35 PM PDT by OldNavyVet (One trillion days, at 365 days per year, is 2,739,726,027 years ... almost 3 billion years)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Excellent summation!

A book of ancient wisdom contains a warning which might have served to curb such hubris as well. It is:

"Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not. . . .
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding." Proverbs 4:4-6

8 posted on 09/06/2010 12:43:38 PM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: Borax Queen
Many people have said that the collapse in Greece are what our future looks like.

The parallels are closer...but with the collapse of the Greek military dictatorship in the early '70s

The greek junta was eventually hijacked by the Greek military police..

Like the dims hijacked by 0bambi's Chicago mafia.

Result is the same.

total collapse.

9 posted on 09/06/2010 12:46:33 PM PDT by spokeshave (Islamics and Democrats unite to cut off Adam Smith's invisible hand)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t buy the writer’s logic for a second, and yet come to the same conclusion. I no more care about the number of schools she went to than I do the number Obama went to, and “meeting a payroll” says absolutely nothing about one’s ability with handling the US economy anymore than having a paper route (something beyond Obama) means one knows how to communicate.

I’m very much a bottom-liner, and no one can dispute that Obama’s is that of an empty vessel who was smart enough to know that was his greatest asset (as even he aknowledged). That’s all I need to see to understand he should never have been president, and all the comparing of academic careers is meaningless. He has an inability to ADAPT to challenges—he thinks the positions he has had since college are the right ones and anyone who sees them will simply agree with them. When that doesn’t happen, he has no clue how to proceed. That’s all I need to know about how his brain works.


10 posted on 09/06/2010 12:54:06 PM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown. -- written by Robert Towne)
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To: spokeshave

Yup, any day now.... :(((


11 posted on 09/06/2010 12:57:11 PM PDT by Borax Queen
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To: Darkwolf377
He has an inability to ADAPT to challenges

Besides that, when he speaks for himself, he says some strange stuff.

12 posted on 09/06/2010 1:18:27 PM PDT by grania
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Someone with the grit to work themselves through college is many times the person as those who glide through on AA.


13 posted on 09/06/2010 1:21:45 PM PDT by FrankR (It doesn't matter what they call us, only what we answer to....)
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To: grania

I’m still waiting for the evidence that he truly is intelligent. Affirmative action and a fawning media have gone a LONG, LONG way with this guy. He certainly is glib, but this emperor has no clothes.


14 posted on 09/06/2010 1:37:35 PM PDT by rockvillem
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To: grania

I’m still waiting for the evidence that he truly is intelligent. Affirmative action and a fawning media have gone a LONG, LONG way with this guy. He certainly is glib, but this emperor has no clothes.


15 posted on 09/06/2010 1:37:42 PM PDT by rockvillem
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To: rockvillem
I am also waiting for proof Obama is intelligent! The smartest guy in the oval office order a rug crediting Martin Luther King with a quote from a 19th century abolitionist named Parker..How stupid is THAT..LOL
16 posted on 09/06/2010 2:48:47 PM PDT by carcraft (Pray for our Country)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sarah actually attended classes. Does anyone know for certain that Øbama ever attended even one?


17 posted on 09/06/2010 3:20:03 PM PDT by curth (SarahPac: Over 2 million members! Are you in for $20.12?)
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To: carcraft

Yeah, and at least Parker’s grandfather stands eternal guard at the Battle Green in Lexington. Once Obama finds that out, the rug is going to be GONE . . .


18 posted on 09/06/2010 3:24:38 PM PDT by rockvillem
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To: carcraft

Yeah, and at least Parker’s grandfather stands eternal guard at the Battle Green in Lexington. Once Obama finds that out, the rug is going to be GONE . . .


19 posted on 09/06/2010 3:24:43 PM PDT by rockvillem
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Great article.

“we’ll trust Wisdom over Intelligence”

Common sense—the groundwork of wisdom.


20 posted on 09/06/2010 5:01:05 PM PDT by reasonisfaith (Rules will never work for radicals (liberals) because they seek chaos. And don't even know it.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; Right Wingnut 2; Robert Drobot; death2tyrants; caww; july4thfreedomfoundation; ...
SARAH PALIN PING LIST "ping"

Yes, she went to four schools over five years for her degree. That's because she paid her own way through, worked various jobs to earn her tuition, and went where she could afford to.


21 posted on 09/06/2010 5:36:49 PM PDT by onyx (If you support Sarah and want on her Ping List, let me know!)
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To: onyx

Who paid for BO’s education? Nevermind.

A real clue to his supposed *intellect* would be for him to speak without TOTUS and then compare it to Sarah speaking. Okay, I’ll give him a break...he can jot down some notes on his palm!


22 posted on 09/06/2010 5:43:34 PM PDT by azishot (I can see November from my house!)
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To: azishot

LOL.


23 posted on 09/06/2010 5:45:58 PM PDT by onyx (If you support Sarah and want on her Ping List, let me know!)
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To: onyx
"She's smart, a quick study, Her adversaries' biggest mistake is underestimating her intelligence, her understanding of issues. And she uses their arrogance against them."

-- Dan Seamount, one of two commissioners who served with Palin in 2003-2004 on the Alaska Oil & Gas Commission

BTW, just finished reading "Sarah Takes On Big Oil", something I should have done last year. Anyone who thinks Palin isn't smart after reading that book isn't very smart themselves.

24 posted on 09/06/2010 5:50:56 PM PDT by Al B.
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To: melsec; onyx; 2ndDivisionVet
Sarah really needs to learn some microphone technique she always sounds like she’s shouting and her voice can be particularly high and irritating when she speaks like that! Obama on the other hand is all technique without substance but it’s amazing how many that will fool!

Well said. It would serve her VERY well to disappear and take a week or two of intense speech/speaking courses where she'd lose to nasal tones, properly adjust her inflections, and generally "get the balance right" (Depeche Mode).

25 posted on 09/06/2010 5:52:55 PM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: DTogo; melsec; onyx; 2ndDivisionVet

Please!!....here he go again we a “i don’t like how she sound”....her speech is fine, she’s a woman for God sakes..... only in large audience like outside does she speak in a higher tone, but plenty of times in room or auditoriums we have speeches of her speaking in a nice tone...give it a rest!!!


26 posted on 09/06/2010 6:04:11 PM PDT by Bigtigermike
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To: Al B.
BTW, just finished reading "Sarah Takes On Big Oil", something I should have done last year. Anyone who thinks Palin isn't smart after reading that book isn't very smart themselves.

I spotted that book yesterday when I was looking up the release date of "AMERICA BY HEART" (November 23, 2010), and I thought about ordering it. I think I will now.

This is a gem of a little article that I thought her ping list would enjoy.

27 posted on 09/06/2010 6:08:44 PM PDT by onyx (If you support Sarah and want on her Ping List, let me know!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Historic"


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

28 posted on 09/06/2010 6:14:06 PM PDT by The Comedian
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To: carcraft
The smartest guy in the oval office order a rug crediting Martin Luther King with a quote from a 19th century abolitionist named Parker..How stupid is THAT..LOL

I must have missed that story. What was the quote?

29 posted on 09/06/2010 6:15:57 PM PDT by gitmo ( The democRats drew first blood. It's our turn now.)
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To: curth
Sarah actually attended classes. Does anyone know for certain that Øbama ever attended even one?

We know he taught sedition, Alinsky-style:


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

30 posted on 09/06/2010 6:16:05 PM PDT by The Comedian
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To: DTogo; melsec

You’re not alone in your suggestions. Her voice is her voice and I’ve noticed, over time, she has slowed her delivery and refined her elocution that only comes with experience.

I wouldn’t want her to seek “professional coaching” because Sarah is genuine and natural.

But, notice with Sarah that she often speaks to such large crowds out of doors that she has to almost shout or literally shout to be heard, even with microphones.


31 posted on 09/06/2010 6:16:41 PM PDT by onyx (If you support Sarah and want on her Ping List, let me know!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You can’t sell deceit in plain English.


32 posted on 09/06/2010 6:16:50 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: The Comedian

LOL.


33 posted on 09/06/2010 6:19:12 PM PDT by onyx (If you support Sarah and want on her Ping List, let me know!)
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To: onyx
Just a friendly warning about that book...a significant part of it digs into the economic and financial calculations involved with the gasline project and how Palin balanced the politics and the competing business interests in getting that project started.

Some of that discussion is "eyes glaze over" material but overall the book is terrific and has a ton of observations by people in and out of Alaska politics about Palin as a "doer" and a leader. It is outstanding. I will be re-reading the gasline discussion again to understand it further.

34 posted on 09/06/2010 6:19:52 PM PDT by Al B.
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To: onyx
Obama is style but not content. People voted for him for this same reason, and as every poll indicate, Obama is all style but no substance.  Many people largely voted for him based on what they considered a good presentation - he came across as a thoughtful candidate, even though his slick presentation lacked specifics and genuine substance.  Now almost two years later, numerous polls show that people are waking up to the reality that Obama is severely lacking in quality substance, and they understand that they voted for someone who is not only a charlatan but whose core ideology is poison to our valued American way of life.

Hopefully, by the end of Obama's term (2 more very long years of American destruction) the same people who voted for the polished style of the teleprompter-reading hustler will think twice and abandon the shallow style in favor of more solid, substantive content and vote for someone with a deep commitment to wise, sound political strategies and values.

35 posted on 09/06/2010 6:22:31 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: Al B.
LOL. Thank you. Fair warning. Also, I'd like to invite you to offer your astute comments to post # 25 . I replied in post #31, but you're a much more keen observer than yours truly.

:)

36 posted on 09/06/2010 6:24:52 PM PDT by onyx (If you support Sarah and want on her Ping List, let me know!)
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To: onyx; DTogo
Sarah responds to crowds and her voice goes up with her emotions. Doesn't bother me a bit, but I understand it grates on some. When she delivers a speech from a prepared text, as she did at the Beck rally and with her VP acceptance speech, I thought she was superb.

About the only thing I think she needs to work on is her tempo. She needs to concentrate on slowing down, although in the world of TV soundbites that's hard to do.

37 posted on 09/06/2010 6:33:57 PM PDT by Al B.
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To: Bigtigermike; DTogo
Oooops. I didn't see your ping to me before I replied to DTogo # 31. My own husband is also one of her voice and elocution critics, but he's come around to the point where he thinks she's about to hit her stride. He wants her to slow down a lot more, and pause to allow for applause.

:)

38 posted on 09/06/2010 6:44:47 PM PDT by onyx (If you support Sarah and want on her Ping List, let me know!)
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To: Al B.
About the only thing I think she needs to work on is her tempo. She needs to concentrate on slowing down, although in the world of TV soundbites that's hard to do.

That's precisely what my husband says.

He wants her to slow down a lot more, and pause to allow for applause.

:)

39 posted on 09/06/2010 6:47:27 PM PDT by onyx (If you support Sarah and want on her Ping List, let me know!)
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To: Victoria Delsoul
A charlatan and Marxist. Have you ever witnessed such a petulant CIC? Just today, he went off his telepromter to whine to the crowd in his Jeremiah Wright voice, that opponents "talk about me like a dog." Now what is that supposed to mean?

Like you, I pray that voters will dump him in a 2012 landslide and hopefully for Sarah Palin.

40 posted on 09/06/2010 6:56:42 PM PDT by onyx (If you support Sarah and want on her Ping List, let me know!)
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To: onyx

Yes...slow down she should in her speeches and let people clap is good ..... but this “I don’t like her sound” is over the top...she is a woman for God sakes, women have higher pitch tones in large arenas or audiences, if you hear Sarah on a radio show or a normal size room, it’s fine.


41 posted on 09/06/2010 6:57:15 PM PDT by Bigtigermike
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To: Bigtigermike

She doesn’t cackle and she doesn’t have cankles either.


42 posted on 09/06/2010 6:58:55 PM PDT by onyx (If you support Sarah and want on her Ping List, let me know!)
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To: onyx
If Sarah decides to run, I'm think she will win. Hopefully she will run.

As for Obama, he not only looks like a dog, but he is pissing and crapping on a lot of people, lol.

43 posted on 09/06/2010 7:10:23 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: azishot
Who paid for BO’s education? Nevermind.

Looks like the Saudis did. Other than that, there really are no records that he was really educated at all. He may have spent time at those 'neighborhoods'. The records are mostly sealed by the Won's executive order. I can't stand to listen to the stupid, marxist SOB.

44 posted on 09/06/2010 7:16:16 PM PDT by RedMDer (Throw them all out in 2010... Forward with Confidence! Forward!)
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To: DTogo
It would serve her VERY well to disappear and take a week or two of intense speech/speaking courses where she'd lose to nasal tones, properly adjust her inflections, and generally "get the balance right"

I think she speaks for most of the American people and does so very well. Get rid of the 'ruling class' is what I say.

Go Sarah! Great job!

45 posted on 09/06/2010 7:22:58 PM PDT by RedMDer (Throw them all out in 2010... Forward with Confidence! Forward!)
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To: melsec
I love Sarah's sincere, thoughful, nail-on-the-head speaking cadence and delivery. There is no show, no guile, no caprice, just what-you-see-is-what-you-get real. Truth. Wisdom.

When the 2012 Presidential Debates arrive, Palin is going to clean O'Bozo's clock. You heard it first right here... bookmark it if you like. Know that I will.

;-/

46 posted on 09/06/2010 7:27:28 PM PDT by Gargantua (Palin-Bachman 2012... just call it "Pa-Bach" :-)
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To: gitmo

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” King quoted and gave credit to Parker but Obama thought it was a King quote and liked it so he credited it to King!It is clear Obama is a superficial student of King!


47 posted on 09/06/2010 7:35:01 PM PDT by carcraft (Pray for our Country)
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To: Victoria Delsoul

LOL. Yep.


48 posted on 09/06/2010 7:39:30 PM PDT by onyx (If you support Sarah and want on her Ping List, let me know!)
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To: onyx

This is such a non-issue. Most other people just show their diploma from the school they graduated from. Lots of people transfer around and it doesn’t matter to employers. They just want to know where you graduated.

Unless you’re Sarah Palin/Republican, of course.... LOL.


49 posted on 09/06/2010 10:54:02 PM PDT by Melian ("There is only one tragedy in the end, not to have been a saint." ~L. Bloy)
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To: Melian
Oh yeah, and it's just amazing that we've not been able to see his transcripts, but we've recently heard from a classmate that Obama wasn't a brilliant student at all...lol. I've never bought into the media hype that he's ‘smart’ - or well read, because he lacks intellectual curiosity and he can't pronounce the easiest of words, like corpsman, “coprseman.”

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Where Palin absolutely demolishes Obama is in reality. He's got the fancy certificates; she's got a Ph.D. from the School Of Hard Knocks.

Obama dabbled briefly in the private sector, a low-end drone at a trading house. Then he discovered the delight of the public payroll.

Palin, on the other hand, helped start a couple of businesses. She's had to make — and live within — budgets. She's had to make payroll.

Obama went into public service as a career. Palin went in because she saw things that needed fixing, kept finding more things that needed fixing, and walked away when her enemies found a way to threaten her family's security.

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It's a delightful article/column.

50 posted on 09/06/2010 11:03:51 PM PDT by onyx (If you support Sarah and want on her Ping List, let me know!)
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