experience vs. conviction

A brief call with my non-registered non-voting sister compelled me to address this question: what makes Palin’s inexperience better than Obama’s inexperience?

Conviction. For example, I want someone to answer a question when asked rather than dance around it, and to make sacrifices to do the right thing.

If someone lacks experience, they can surround themselves with the right people to fill the knowledge gaps; but if they lack conviction, all the knowledge in the world won’t lead them to make the right choices.