Obama whines; is offered cheese
You know a candidate is really feeling the heat when he starts complaining about the kitchen.
You know a candidate is having problems when he starts complaining about the process.
Wednesday night, in a debate here, Barack Obama complained a number of times about the presidential campaign process and how some people spend way too much time “obsessing” about some of the things he and others have actually said. They obsess about remarks he admits he “mangled” about people in small towns who, he said, “get bitter” and “cling” to “guns or religion.” People also obsess about his pastor for 20 years, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who once said the U.S. government brought on the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks “with its own terrorism.”
“I think what’s important is to make sure that we don’t get so obsessed with gaffes that we lose sight of the fact that this is a defining moment in our history,” Obama said.
He also said: “For us to be obsessed with this — these kinds of errors — I think is a mistake. And that’s not what our campaign has been about.”
He and Hillary Clinton are trying to deliver a message to the American people, he said, but “sometimes that message is going to be imperfectly delivered because we are recorded every minute of every day.”
So, gosh darn it, would you just stop listening to the two of them every gosh darn minute of every day? Would you just ignore them a little more? And while you are at it, would you please stop concentrating on what they say instead of what they mean?
Obama does have a point. But it is the nature of the political process that the dramatic gets attention, and when a candidate makes a gaffe, it is going to get noticed. That is how the game goes.
There is an old saying: “The person who can’t dance says the band can’t play.” And Obama does not like the way the band has been playing lately.
Obama doesn't like the way the band is playing now because the band is really paying attention to the funky chicken song-and-dance he's utilizing with the voters. They see that there are some problems with him, with what he says, and what he espouses. He is no longer the golden boy in the field. He is no longer the savior of the Democrat Party. Gaffes are important to notice because it's how a president will interact with the public.
President Bush isn't the greatest speaker. He's had his fair share of gaffes (though "strategery" and "misunderestimated" are two of our favorite "Bushisms"), and yet he still tries to communicate with the nation. BUT, if he is going to speak off the cuff, on the fly, he can't insult people. He can't make mistakes that will turn the nation off. And he's doing it on a regular basis now.
His inexperience was more than evident last night when the debate moved from personal gaffes to policy initiatives. Obama still believes that raising taxes will spurn the economy forward. It won't. It'll kill an economy in recovery. His ideas are radical in the very sense of the word. We are looking at a McGovern redux that, come November, could very well cost the democrats dearly at the ballot box.
Words mean things. He's fine with a teleprompter in front of him, but when he has to think on his feet, he can't do. It belies a higher incompetence than what many believed in the first place. Instead of whining about being picked on, maybe he should focus on his message. The press isn't going to pull it's punches, not with a contentious primary fight going on. John McCain now knows the media won't play nice with him. He learned that from three consecutive hit pieces from the Old Grey Lady; none of which stuck because the alternative media immediately jumped on the stories and destroyed them.
Voters see McCain as more authentic. He stands by what he says, and if he makes a mistake, he's quick to correct it. It's only after Obama makes the mistake -- after people start raising their voices, after he tries to spin it -- that he relents and admits he made a mistake. And even then he's not good at admitting his mistake. Haughty, effete, snobbish, and condescending -- that's Barack Obama. How dare we question him on what he says, and who he associates with? Who are we to challenge him?
We're the electorate, Senator. Welcome to the game, pal.