Sarah Palin: Failed Governor of a Small State (?)

In 1992, George H.W. Bush and the Republicans referred to Bill Clinton as “the failed governor of a small state”.  Because of that, they argued, he was not fit to be president. 

The words “small state” weren’t used by accident.  The implication was that executive experience in a place with so few people couldn’t translate into fitness for governing a country with 300 million people, nuclear weapons and nuclear-armed enemies.  

With the selection of Sarah Palin, the Republicans have apparently had a change of heart. 

There’s no disputing that she’s the governor of a small state.  Alaska has around 600,000 people.  In 2000, it was ranked 48th in size.  (In 1990 when the last census before the ’92 election was conducted, Arkansas was 33rd largest with 2.3 million people.)

So is Sarah Palin a “failed governor”?  I don’t know.  A survey conducted by CNBC this year says Alaska is 41st in education.  At least it can look down on Mississippi. 

The same study ranks Alaska’s economy 50th.  I don’t think that’s good, but I didn’t go to an Alaska school.  

Alasksa’s quality of life is 35th.  For that 15th from the bottom liveability, you’ll have to fork over more money than you would in 47 other states. 

Overall, CNBC says that out of 50 states, Alaska is somewhere between 49th and 51st.

On the other hand, when he took office, Bill Clinton had no foreign policy experience.  Palin, by contrast, has a lot:

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Filed under 2008 Election, John McCain, Politics, Sarah Palin

2 responses to “Sarah Palin: Failed Governor of a Small State (?)

  1. Pingback: Repost of Sarah Palin: Failed Governor of a Small State « NachonBlog

  2. craig j.

    I will have everyone I know to come to your blog and voice there true feeling about not just palin, but the republican party and how they insist that minorities are not important in this election. I think they will be shocked at the turn out and I think all of us who are struggling are victims of bad policies from the bush administration. I can say this I am a veteran and I didn;t hear nothing about how me and my family who are african american put or lives on the line and we are not from rural america. As I watch this convention i hear alot from palin about she is for the people but who and how can she know our struggles in the inner city when she never been there. so she must mean rural america.

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