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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Obama Supporter, ILL. Governor Criticizes Democrats For Belittling Palin's Experience

Illinois' Democratic Governor Rod Blagojevich is a Barack Obama supporter who levels criticism at the Democratic Party for trying to belittle GOP vice presidential candidate, Sarah Palin,s experience as Governor.
The Swamp reports that Governor Blagojevich compares the job of a Governor, which Sarah Palin is, with the job of a legislator, which as a Senator, Barack Obama is and applies it to who is "presidential material."

According to Blagojevich "The reality is, governors every day have to make decisions for better or for worse. That's part of the job. It's an executive position. And it's a position that is like what you're going to do when you're president."

His description of a legislator is "Legislators, they do different things. They debate and they pass their bills back and forth."

Blagojevich was speaking on WGN-AM's Spike O'Dell show in Chicago and he asserted he was a committed Obama supporter who thinks Obama will do "great things for America," and he thinks Democrats should move away from the experience argument and focus on issues.

He goes on to say "But governors make decisions, and I think it's a tactical mistake for the Democrats to question Gov. Palin's experience when she's been a governor of a state. I don't think the size of the state is relevant. It's the kinds of decisions you have to make as governor."

TIME headlines by saying Blagojevich "goes off message" but chatter on websites, blogs and forums indicate that others agree with the Illinois Governor that fighting the "experience" battle and giving the opposing party a chance to show the comparison between a Governors job and responsibilities and a Senators job and responsibilities, is a losing argument, and one that Democrats and supporters should steer clear from.

In the United States, governor refers to the chief executive of each state, not directly subordinate to the federal authorities, but the political head of the state.

In the United States a Senator is a member of the Senate which is a a deliberative body, with each state represented by two members, each giving equal representation of their state.

puts together a chart which shows why trying to compare experience is a very bad idea for Democrats to do.