Wednesday, March 5, 2008

A wide open Democratic contest

Just when we thought we were about to see the Democratic race finally winnowed to the final candidate, Hillary makes her comeback in TX and OH. The Obama-Clinton slap fest unmercifully continues.

But it's worse than that. Much worse.

Barack Obama is often said to be relatively inexperienced in foreign policy for a Presidential candidate. Hillary Clinton especially likes to level this charge.

To fend off such attacks, Obama has formulated the now familiar response:

So there is a choice that has emerged in this campaign, one that the American people need to understand. They should ask themselves: who got the single most important foreign policy decision since the end of the Cold War right, and who got it wrong. This is not just a matter of debating the past. It's about who has the best judgment to make the critical decisions of the future.


So much for winnowing: Obama is opening the race up to roughly 55,887,820* additional candidates, as qualified by his standard of judgment.

Should make for one hell of a next Democratic debate, though.


[VIMH: You mean you want the Dem race to be over? You don’t want to see an all-out convention war?]
Shhhhhh. Of course I want to see that. But I’m trying to make a point here. It’s called building a Narrative.



UPDATE: [VIMH: Wait a second. Are you seriously saying that nearly 56 million people are as qualified as Obama to be President?]
Of course not. Why, I bet not even 10% of them are.

[VIMH: But that's like nearly 5.6 million people]
You're right. That might be a little low.





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*According to a Pew Research Center poll taken a couple of weeks after Obama’s anti-Iraq speech, 34% of American adults opposed the Iraq war at that time. We are assuming approximately 164,375,941 adults aged 30 or older in 2002, making them at least 35 today to meet the age requirement in the Constitution. Other Constitutional qualifications, such as John McCain’s mythically questionable natural born citizenship, remain unconsidered.

1 comment:

  1. they should ask themselves: who got the single most important foreign policy decision since the end of the Cold War right, and who got it wrong.

    How convenient that Obie didn't have to actually cast a vote in the U.S. senate and officially go on record.

    Then again, history hasn't declared whether the war was the correct decision or not, even though Obie has. McCain could make some seriously effective campaign commercials from such grist.

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