Tuesday, August 09, 2011

A liberal gets the smelling salts

A liberal suggests that maybe Obama wasn't qualified after all.

The most charitable explanation is that he and his advisers have succumbed to a view of electoral success to which many Democrats succumb — that “centrist” voters like “centrist” politicians. Unfortunately, reality is more complicated. Centrist voters prefer honest politicians who help them solve their problems. A second possibility is that he is simply not up to the task by virtue of his lack of experience and a character defect that might not have been so debilitating at some other time in history. Those of us who were bewitched by his eloquence on the campaign trail chose to ignore some disquieting aspects of his biography: that he had accomplished very little before he ran for president, having never run a business or a state; that he had a singularly unremarkable career as a law professor, publishing nothing in 12 years at the University of Chicago other than an autobiography; and that, before joining the United States Senate, he had voted "present" (instead of "yea" or "nay") 130 times, sometimes dodging difficult issues.

Now look, I was never a fan of the Billary. But consider how much better shape this country would be in if it was president.

It's part of why I say that liberals do their candidates no favors by not vetting their candidates appropriately. Liberalism will be set back another generation in this country because the country has witnessed the ineptitude not seen since Jimma Carter.

That's a good thing long term for us.


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