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Saturday, April 12, 2008

Barack Obama -- Not ready for primetime

The man is ten years older than me, and can't seem to speak off the cuff without ticking of voters. See, I watched this unfold Friday with nary a word on it. (Fridays are "date night" for Marcie and I, so work on the site was shelved until today. Saturdays are "chore" days for us around the house.) But I was struck at, first, the idiocy of the comment he made, and second, his inane response. But what hit me even harder was what came from the WaPo. See, this is the statement that landed Barack Obama in hot water:

"You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them.

"And they fell through the Clinton administration and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are going to regenerate and they have not," he went on. "And it's not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."

Got that? We're bitter. But let's take a look at what he said just before this, according to the WaPo:

"Here's how it is: In a lot of these communities in big industrial states like Ohio and Pennsylvania, people have been beaten down so long. They feel so betrayed by government that when they hear a pitch that is premised on not being cynical about government, then a part of them just doesn't buy it. And when it's delivered by -- it's true that when it's delivered by a 46-year-old black man named Barack Obama, then that adds another layer of skepticism."

See what he just did? Not only does he call these people bitter -- that they wrap themselves up in religion, or hold onto their guns -- but he paints them as a victim by stating they feel "betrayed" by the government. Then he goes onto to call them racists and xenophobes when he says they're skeptical of the messenger -- the fact he is black, and doesn't have a name that is common.

This is rich. He couldn't have done this any better even if he had been coached on how to tick off an area of the nation he desperately needs to win the general election. Will this end his bid in the primary? Nope. Probably not, and all because Hillary is ten times more unelectable than Obama is. But will this hurt him in the general? You bet your @$$ it will. John McCain will paint Barack Obama as the elitist he is. And while McCain may have his faults, they don't revolve around smug self-righteousness, and a faulty belief that he, and he alone, can deliver some magic cure for this nation.

Hard work, determination, and believing in the individual to do their very best is what will help this nation. This nation will only get worse if we cede more over to the likes of Obama, who clearly sounds more statist and socialist than democratic. Some will say that this misstep won't do him in. That he can weather it. If that's the case, then why haven't people with longer, thicker resumes recovered from their problems. Joe Biden still has to contend with the fact that he will always be remembered for his plagiarism. And, of course, John McCain still has to deal with the fact that many voters feel he's not stable; questions have arisen throughout his campaign whether his temper is under control.

His list of mistakes continues to grow. He has deep ties to Tony Rezko, and he's no stranger to corrupt politicians like Richard Daley and Rod Blagojevich. His "spiritual advisers" (Jeremiah Wright, James Meeks) are hardly the sort the campaign wants to trot out to show off his religious bona fides. His past positions regarding abortion and gun control -- the latter of which WILL be an issue this election given the DC gun ban case before the high court right now -- aren't subjects he wants to brag about. His wife comes off as a statist in many of her comments made at campaign rallies. And it's been shown that he is very weak when it comes to speaking off the cuff. This most recent statement made in San Francisco is just another pile of dog sh*t that he's stepped in.

He's an amateur; a rookie with the potential to have million dollar talent, but has to deal with the fact he's got a five-cent head. When he started his bid in 2007, Marcie and I didn't think he'd make it far. We weren't surprised when he started racking up win after win against Hillary. As son as she started losing, we knew she was going to swing the shotgun away from McCain, and train it on Obama. It's her blind arrogance that has given the Democrats Barack Obama. She refuses to bow out (nor will she) because she still believes that she deserves the nomination more than he does. That's chutzpah given that her resume isn't exactly a bragging point for her campaign. For Hillary, her lies will be her undoing at the convention. At least Bill knew how to lie and get away with it. She's not even on par with her husband when it comes to deception. A pathological liar she may be, but she's not that good at it.

This controversy isn't going to simply go away for Obama. The WaPo, the HuffPo, Politico, and blogs have picked up on this, and they're running with it. Obama should come out and apologize to the people of this nation for his condescending comments. Of course, only a few will accept it, as his first move after getting caught in this was to attack John McCain. McCain wasn't the messenger, but Obama had no problem firing a shot at him. That didn't endear him to voters in Pennsylvania, and it might have just cost him that state; a state in which had he won, might have forced Hillary out of the contest.

Rookie mistakes like this one costs far more than most know. And Democrats will get stomped in November if they decide this rookie is ready for his primetime debut on the mound. Worse, if by some miracle he does win, the nation will suffer as our opponents around the world start knocking home runs off this guy's weak delivery.

Publius II


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