Feb 29 2008
We all know the political talking heads (left and right), the media elites and all the pols and political consultants in DC are some place else than America. They don’t get the country and they don’t understand how things resonate. They have been stumped by this year’s election path and will continue to be if today is any indication. For today the entire political class has gone off the deep end over a single ad from Hillary Clinton:
Two things are just stunning in the reactions to this. First off is how the media and Obama supporters call this fear mongering! It is just another variant on “who do you want in the oval office in times of dire emergency?” It actually is very well done and tasteful. It simply asks the viewer to think seriously about a serious aspect of voting. I don’t get why this ad scares people. It is just not scary.
But what Obama has done in response is the big failure. Instead of saying “yes, this is a serious discussion and this is why I can step up”. Instead Obama went out and cried “foul” as if he was actually spooked by the topic! The sign of a novice is to pretend there is nothing serious about the threats to America and trying to change the subject. Here is Obama’s amateur response:
But, he said: â€œWeâ€™ve seen these ads before. Theyâ€™re the kind that play on peopleâ€™s fears to try to scare up votes.â€
After 9-11 the entire question of who has the experience and temperament to handle a crisis is not about fear or anxiety. It is a simple and pragmatic question. The true joke about this is, as Hillary asks a good question and Obama quakes in his boots, is the one who looks good when you think about the question is one John McCain. When the question is who should answer the phone most people think McCain without any hesitation.
But the big story seems to be that the news media seems to be detecting a problem with Barack. I still say he peaked way too early and he has never shown any ability to handle a crisis. And as one poll noted most of people agree that he has not explained his positions enough. Their over reaction to this Hillary ad, making it sound so negative and scary exposed their efforts to shield Barack from hard issues that expose is blatant weaknesses. He is a naive, liberal, one-term junior Senator. He has no proven experience outside giving good speeches.
Obama should never have cowered in the face of the ad. He tried to look as if it was a sad nuisance, but the fact is he did not pull it off. Instead he looked like he was whining about how it is unfair of people to ask whether he has what it takes to be President. If he can’t take a question, how can he handle the real crisis when it comes? Is he going to act is if it is all a sad nuisance and unfair to him and his place in history?