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Sunday, February 11, 2007

Senator Obama Off To An Interesting Start

I was very impressed watching Sen. Barack Obama tonight on 60 Minutes. The interview, coming on the heels of his official announcement that he's running for President, didn't have any really tough questions, but he handled himself very well -- he even admitted that he inhaled. It looks to me like he might have a legitimate shot at the Democratic nomination, or, failing that, the nomination for VP.

Personally, I don't think he has the experience needed to be President, and most of his policies are too far left for me, but I admire his openness (unlike Adam, who seems to let his dislike for Sen. Obama lead him to stray into territory that comes uncomfortably close to seeming to say something bad about Abraham Lincoln). I'll be interested to see how he reacts to problems, which I predict will come first from his decision to allow random yahoos to put up "blog posts" on his official campaign website. How he reacts to the firestorm from the right when someone posts something on the order of "All white southerners are racists" or "the Jews did 9/11" or "Bush/Cheney killed Sen. Wellstone" -- and how he reacts to the subsequent whining from the left when he's forced to remove and/or apologize for said posts -- will tell me a lot about the man.

Regarding the campaign overall, I'm looking forward to seeing how Democrats who, in 2004, claimed that their candidate was the best because he had combat experience, will explain how they changed their mind if the Republicans nominate someone like Sen McCain or Sen. Hagel who are war heroes (considering that none of the main Dem candidates have that particular block checked).

Update 0610 13 Feb: Speaking of Democratic candidates, it looks like Sen. Clinton is going with the "I didn't know I was voting to go to war" excuse that Sen. Kerry popularized in 2004. However, since essentially everyone (except apparently a few Senators) knew that the vote was an authorization for war, this means that Sen. Clinton is either 1) not telling the truth, or 2) so demonstrably naïve that she's not qualified to be President.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama's Achilles' heel is that he lacks good judgement.

Clearly...and I mean, clearly, the man lacks for the basic experience and qualifications necessary to be the next president. Eloquence is hardly the only qualification for the job (though it can suffice for a con artist).

So, it being inarguable that the man lacks for experience and qualifications, his candidacy comes down to two lack-of-judgement issues:

(1) Does Obama actually not realize that he's nearly totally unqualified...?, or

(2) Does Obama think that the American people can be flim-flammed by talk alone into voting for him at a time of international crisis such as the one we live in...?

2/12/2007 4:07 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

All that's missing from the 2008 slate is for Ralph Nader to announce he has converted to Islam.

2/12/2007 12:11 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

ATTN: Bubblehead

"...I don't think he has the experience needed to be President, and most of his policies are too far left for me..."

1) how much experience and what type of experience do you, BubbleHead, believe is a presidential prerequisite?


2) which of his policies are too left for you?

~ the Dd Ss

2/12/2007 2:03 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Allow me to pile on: when are YOU going to start your own blog? I've done some googling for your blog, yet you seem to merely be a parasite clinging to this and other blogs. I think your own blog would be a great place to wield your rapier-like wit and insight...Come on champ, you can do it...

Break, break: Joel, Dave Roberts is having his Change of Command 2 MAR, taking over DALLAS...I am thinking of heading up to lovely Groton...I hope all is well on your end.


2/13/2007 3:17 PM

Blogger Bubblehead said...

NavyJayhawk88: I won't be making it to Groton, but I am heading to Bangor at the end of March for a COC. Everything's going great here -- we're just getting ready to go on vacation.

2/13/2007 10:10 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This man truly scares me. No one can say he isn't eloquent, but as you said he doesn't have the experience. The thing that scares me is that the people won't care - experience has gotten us only so far, so what's to say he doesn't have that fresh look that will appeal to the masses? Me thinks we're seeing the beginning of the end, as the anti-christ has come to call.

2/14/2007 11:32 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not to be missed, here is a wonderful YouTube summary of Obama's candidacy.

2/15/2007 5:15 PM


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