“I can’t begin this great effort without honoring the achievements of Geraldine Ferraro in 1984, and, of course, Senator Hillary Clinton, who showed such determination and grace in her presidential campaign,” Palin told the Republican crowd. “The women of America aren’t finished yet, and we can shatter that glass ceiling once and for all.”
“Being governor of a small state for less than two years is not consistent with the normal criteria for determining who’s of presidential caliber,” said Goldstein.
“I think she is the most inexperienced person on a major-party ticket in modern history,” said presidential historian Matthew Dallek.
Before becoming governor in December 2006, she served as a council member and mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, which had a population of slightly more than 5,000 during her time in office.
Before that, the 44-year-old mother of five had served on the local PTA and had gained some recognition as a star high school basketball player and contender in an Alaskan state beauty pageant.
She is a favorite of the Christian right. Southern Baptist political leader Richard Land named Palin. He stressed that
- her “pro-life” credentials had been burnished by her giving birth in April to a child with Downs Syndrome.
- Land also pointed to her lifetime membership in the National Rifle Association
- She has campaigned against same-sex marriage and
- called for the teaching of creationism in public schools.
“Sarah Palin’s chief qualification for being elected governor was that she was not Frank Murkowski, she was not elected because she was a conservative. She was not elected because of her grasp of issues or because of her track record as the mayor of Wasilla,”