“I’ll take a TV personality over a community organizer any day.”

– Senator David Vitter, apparently referencing former Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Note to Senator Vitter: Sarah Palin may currently be a “TV personality,” but Barack Obama was a “community organizer” over a decade ago. In the interim, he’s been an accomplished attorney, a Constitutional law professor at one of the nation’s best law schools, a best-selling author (who actually wrote his own memoirs), an Illinois State Senator, and a United States Senator. Palin was the Mayor of a town of less than 10,000 people, lost a Lt. Governor’s race, was then appointed to a position on a Alaskan state board, ran for Governor, won, was named as Vice Presidential candidate by McCain, lost, subsequently resigned as Governor of Alaska, without even completing her first term, and is now an employee of Fox News. To be fair, Palin’s “memoir” was also a bestseller.

I think you may need a refresher: Palin is a “TV personality;” Obama is the President of the United States. Vitter’s analogy speaks to the seriousness with which he treats his responsibilities as an elected official representing the people of Louisiana in the United States Senate.

What is the real point of denigrating young people who organize communities around a shared issue? Doesn’t Senator Vitter attempt to do the same thing every single day? Isn’t that also part of his job?

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