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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Obama really can't debate

LOL. You really have to hand it to Obama. He's got the chutzpah in this election, especially when it comes to people asking tough questions. Captain Ed takes note of this exchange between Obama and Jon Ralson:

RALSTON: I guess what the American people want to know though Senator, is what is the real difference between you and John McCain. You are running this ad tying him to the industry saying that he has taken all of these contributions, but as you well know there is a story out today about how you supported the Dick Cheney bill and he opposed it. That bill gave subsidies to the oil and gas companies, John McCain opposed the bill saying those are tax breaks for those companies, Barack Obama favored it.

SEN. OBAMA: Hold on a second Jon, I thought I was talking to you instead of debating John McCain, but I am happy to let you serve as his proxy. The fact of the matter is that I supported that energy bill saying at the time that those tax breaks were wrong but also recognizing that this was the largest investment in alternative energy in history. And that it was important for us, for the solar industry to get off the ground in places like Nevada, for to get wind kicked off the ground, that that was something that we had to do and I immediately said during that time and subsequently that we should strip out those tax breaks for oil companies. I would point out that in December of last year, we had a vote to strip out those tax breaks for oil companies, there was one Senator that did not vote on that measure, and that was John McCain.

OK, the indignant response from Obama wasn't warranted. It used to be, not so long ago, that reporters asked tough questions, especially when they don['t have tingles running up their leg. Obama shows his inability to truly handle tough questions here, and again later when Ralston asked him about the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste storage facility:

SEN. OBAMA: John, don’t put words in my mouth or anticipate what I am going to do. I’ve been opposed to Yucca Mountain from the start so if the suggestion is that John McCain who is in favor of Yucca right now should get a pass on that.

As Captain Ed notes, no one seems to be able to anticipate which way this guy is going to jump when it comes to the issues. He was for public financing before being against it. He was against the FISA reforms before being for them. He was against offshore drilling before saying he was for it in a limited fashion. Whichever way the political winds blow, Obama goes with them. He makes John Kerry look rock solid while he continues to waffle all over the place.

What this exchange shows, and it will likely show through in the debates provided the "Old Codger Crew" of Brokaw, Schieffer, Lehrer, and Ifill doesn't put the audience to sleep, is that Barack Obama doesn't like being handed tough questions. We knew this already. Remember the Gibson/Stephanopoulos debate where he bristled under the questions regarding Jeremiah Wright and William Ayers? It was almost as if he's not supposed to be asked any sort of hard questions.

Why is that? This man is running for the presidency, which isn't like pushing a broom or cleaning a bathroom. It's the toughest job in the world. You make decisions that have tremendous repercussions that affect millions of people. If Obama wanted to play patty-cake, maybe he should have stayed a do-nothing, know-nothing community organizer on the South Side of Chicago.

Publius II


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