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‘Many, Many Years’ of Washington Experience Is Bad Depending on Who Has It

Let's play a little game called "Guess Who Said It":

"I'm the new energy, the new face, the new ideas, and he's got the experience based on many, many years in the Senate, and voters are gonna have a choice there of what it is that they want in these next four years."

Was it:
(a) Barack Obama on John McCain
(b) Sarah Palin on Joe Biden



The answer is (b) Sarah Palin on Joe Biden, in another conversation with Katie Couric to air tonight. Because if voters don't want someone who's been in the Senate for "many, many years," they should obviously vote for … wait. Isn't there some other guy on Palin's ticket whose experience is also based on many, many years in the Senate? John McSomething?

So, right, Palin's pitch doesn't really pass muster. Of course, Obama has also made much of the same "change vs. experience" argument before, despite his running mate having decades of Washington experience. As he proclaimed in his convention speech, to take but one example, "The change we need doesn't come from Washington. Change comes to Washington." Maybe Obama and McCain can switch V.P.s so these arguments start making sense?

Video: Palin on Biden Age Comment [CBS News]

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