As Goes NASCAR…

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Is Sarah Palin qualified to be POTUS?
Is Barack Obama qualified to be POTUS?

Never doubt that those two questions are not related.  Barack Obama is the most uniquely unqualified, incompetent, twit to ever be elected to a higher office.  He knows nothing. He has no real world experience and it shows.  The only people he has ever associated with are Marxists, liberals, Harvard-style attorneys, academia, and community organizers.  It shows in the way he “governs”. The only reason he and his do so much with school kids and college kids is that is their emotional “peer” group.  He knows nothing about the real world.  He has no experience in the real world.  A leader is only as good as those surrounding him/her and – well….I rest my case against Obama.

This said, Sarah Palin is far more qualified to be POTUS than Obama in that she has had some real world experience.  I think the fact that she resigned as governor of Alaska is going to come back to haunt  her.  The Pink Flamingo must also be very honest about something.  If one judges Obama by those who surround him, his so called “experts” and the like, then SP has a very serious problem with the people who surround her.

The Pink Flamingo thinks she is USING the Tea Party Movement to pull out a primary victory.  We all know you go right for the primaries then moderate for the general election.  As it currently stand, SP’s advisers appear to come from the extreme far right, way too far right for reasonable discussion.  It also appears she is being misguided by some of her extreme far right advisers.

The Pink Flamingo has also been quite dismayed with Palin’s embrace of the extreme far right.  My feeling is she is being ill used and manipulated by them.  Her advisers are potentially as disastrous to her as Obama’s are to him.  This said, the past week I have been pleased that she is showing herself to be more of a neocon and less of a tea party gal.  I like that she is standing by John McCain.

A poorly covered political incident occured at Daytona on Sunday.  The Pink Flamingo always welcomes the Daytona 500 as the first sign of spring….Training.  Within a few days of the race, pitchers and catcher always report and once again the world is a beautiful thing because of baseball.  I digress, but it is that time of year….SPRING TRAINING!

Coming from South Carolina, The Pink Flamingo has witnessed the rise of NASCAR.  I am NOT a race fan.  I could care less.  But – if you really want a political “tell” about what is going on in America, watch what NASCAR does.  It is a cross section of America.  NASCAR drivers are fairly reliably Republican.

“…She took a seat up front next to Harry Connick Jr., who sang the national anthem for the race. When NASCAR president Mike Helton acknowledged her as a special guest, she got the largest ovation from the room, packed from the front to the back with drivers, team members, support personnel and onlookers….”

If The Pink Flamingo were plotting a campaign for POTUS I would start with Daytona and hit every race.  If you follow politics long enough, you may notice that successful GOP candidates do just that.  One way to judge how electable a Republican candidate may be is to see how they are received at a NASCAR venue.

“..”Sarah Palin will have to choose to be either the leader of a movement or the leader of a nation. She can’t be both,” said Republican strategist Alex Castellanos. “Right now, she is a figure like [George] McGovern or [Barry] Goldwater, two candidates who led the most intense movements in our country’s political history, but who couldn’t win the middle.”…”

Well – if what happened on Sunday is any indication, perhaps we had best start learning how to say “President Palin”.

“…When asked what a trip to a swing state like Florida does for her political ambitions, the former Alaska governor said, “Haven’t thought a darn thing about the politics of this. I’m thinking about this good, active, speed-loving event that a lot of Alaskans, too, are really into. We’ve got our snow-machine races up there, and this is, of course, on a much greater scale, same type of sport though, same type of breath-taking, speed-loving, All-American event that we like to see up north.”

Palin, in town to speak at the Chamber of Commerce on Monday and sign copies of her book, “Going Rogue,” continued on toward the track, stopping to take pictures with soldiers, firemen, men, women and children. She entered pit road and stopped to meet Richard Petty. Then she made her way to the tri-oval stage in front of the grandstands, where she delivered a 30-second message that roused the crowd.

As she tried to make her way out, Palin kept stopping for her fans, who shouted, “We love you, Sarah!” Her spokespeople kept screaming, “We gotta go! We gotta go!” But Palin kept obliging, relishing all the love….”

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