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Obama? Not qualified to be VP (UPDATE)
Posted by: McQ on Monday, March 10, 2008

Or so says Clinton campaign spokesman Howard Wolfson:
After several days of Bill and Hillary Clinton floating the idea of a joint ticket with rival Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton chief spokesman Howard Wolfson declared Monday that Clinton does not consider Obama qualified to be vice president.

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“We do not believe at this point that Sen. Obama has passed that key commander in chief test,” Wolfson said. Later, he added that failure to pass that his failure to pass that test would disqualify him as a vice presidential pick, since a vice president must be prepared to step into the presidency at a moment’s notice.

“Sen. Clinton will not choose any candidate who has not at the time of choosing passed the national security threshold, period,” Wolfson said.
Yes, it's getting sweeter and sweeter out there among the Dems.

UPDATE: And we have the backtrack:
Pressed on how Clinton could resolve her interest in Obama as a running mate and her criticism of his defense credentials, Clinton communications director Howard Wolfson said Obama may not be ready to assume the mantle of commander-in-chief now, but he may be by the time Clinton would chose a running mate — just before August's Democratic National Convention in Denver.

"Sen. Clinton will not choose any candidate who at the time of the choosing, will not pass the commander-in-chief threshold, period," Wolfson said. "But we have a long time between now and Denver."
OK, I'm laughing outloud here. What in the world would or could happen between now and August, on the campaign trail, which would suddenly qualify someone for CiC who isn't thought to be qualified now?

Yeesh. One of the worst backtracks ever.
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Sen. Clinton will not choose any candidate who at the time of the choosing, will not pass the commander-in-chief threshold, period," Wolfson said. "But we have a long time between now and Denver."
Is there a written exam or something?

And if so, I’s sure like to see how low Sen. Harpy would score on it...
 
Written By: shark
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I guess this is her response to his question of ’how can he be Vice President if he’s not qualified to be President".

Good, I’m happy to see the second place runner in the race insist that the leader isn’t qualified at all to win.

 
Written By: looker
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Obama? Not qualified to be VP

Or so says Clinton campaign spokesman Howard Wolfson:
And the democratic primary voters agree... He’s qualified to President,

Obama leads in both delegates and popular votes.
 
Written By: PogueMahone
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Yeah, but come on, Pogue ... everyone knows the democratic primary voters aren’t the brightest lightbulbs in the pack. That’s why they have Super Delegates, for heaven sake.
 
Written By: McQ
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That’s why they have Super Delegates, for heaven sake.
That’s not to say they disrespect the little guy McQ, but you know, they have to be there to help guide the prols along the proper path.
All part of knowing what’s best for them, institutionalized no less!

Think the prols will notice? Nah.......
 
Written By: looker
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This is a friggin’ trainwreck.

However, since John McCain is playing nice-nice, it may be Hillary that ends up keeping the fire lit under Democrats. I listened to a few minutes of liberal talk radio today and rhetoric previously reserved for George Bush was being heaped on Hillary.

I do not believe Hillary can win in a general election after this, she has probably irretrievably lost a fifth of the Democratic base, and we all know she is not going to make that up by wooing Republicans.





 
Written By: Captin Sarcastic
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"Sen. Clinton will not choose any candidate who at the time of the choosing, will not pass the commander-in-chief threshold, period," Wolfson said.

Because, by God, there had better be at least one person on the ticket who does!
 
Written By: Ben
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Translation: Obama is qualified to help Hillary to get elected.
 
Written By: TallDave
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Geez, Hillary’s desperation is evident. Can she really pull this off? If she does, I hope she loses. Her campaign is an example of all that is wrong with American politics.

As for qualifications...well, first spouses don’t really count for much in experience in my book. And really, do feminists really want to champion a woman who would not be in the position she’s in if not for her husband? Condi Rice would be a different story. Obama has good advisors, and that’s what matters in terms of ’experience’ in foreign policy.
 
Written By: Scott Erb
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However, Hillary does have eight years in the Senate, was reelected by a landslide, and FWIW has been a significant voice at the national level since the early nineties.

Obama has only four years in the Senate, hasn’t completed his term, and aside from one speech, has barely raised a blip at the national level until he and his advisors saw an opening and he ran — despite two public promises not to.

Obama has no military experience, no business experience, no executive experience, no expertise in economics or foreign policy, and no notable accomplishments aside from writing two books.

You have to go back to Warren Harding and William Jennings Bryan to find serious candidates as poorly qualified as Obama.

Personally, I find it downright arrogant and irresponsible that Obama decided to run for president with nothing more than three years as a senator under his belt.
 
Written By: huxley
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Obama has good advisors, and that’s what matters in terms of ’experience’ in foreign policy.
Yes, Samantha Power was a peach of an advisor all right and a strong validation of Obama’s judgment.
 
Written By: huxley
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Her campaign is an example of all that is wrong with American politics.
And I say that Obama’s campaign is an example of how weak, confused, bankrupt, and desperate the Democratic party is.

I’m still a registered Democrat and I am horrified that the choice comes down to Obama and Hillary. Obama only seems like a maybe reasonable candidate next to Hillary.
 
Written By: huxley
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You have to go back to Warren Harding and William Jennings Bryan to find serious candidates as poorly qualified as Obama.
Poorly qualified is obviously a subjective judgement, but let’s look at the empirical...
Obama has only four years in the Senate,
And another 8 years in elected office in the Illinois legislature, giving him a year advantage on Clinton in elected office
hasn’t completed his term,
Should we reschedule the Presidential election until 2010 so he can complete his term like every Senator that has ever run for President has done?
and aside from one speech, has barely raised a blip at the national level until he and his advisors saw an opening and he ran


Yeah, just a blip. The fact that he is winning should provide a clue to any observer that Obama really does inspire people, and I just don’t how you could classify that as a blip.
— despite two public promises not to.
Oh my, say it ain’t so!!! LMAO - I am sure the voters of Illinois will show their disappointment by voting against him... oops, he won 65% to 33%, I guess they aren’t upset, and he’s THEIR Senator.
Obama has no military experience,
You mean like,

Jefferson - no military experience
Madison - no military experience
Polk - no military experience
Lincoln - no military experience
Wilson - no military experience
Roosevelt - no military experience

Well all those guys were failed Presidents, so military experience must be essential.
no business experience,
Psst, lawyering is a business
no executive experience,
Yup, just like both other candidates in the race, McCain + Hillary = zero executive experience. We had plenty of executive experience in the primaries and voters said no.
no expertise in economics
Obama was a financial analyst out of college, that alone probably qualifies him more than John “doesn’t really understand economics” McCain.
or foreign policy,


If this were important, Bill Richardson would already be the nominee.
and no notable accomplishments aside from writing two books.
Notable? By whom?

Someone obviously took note.

I actually wish experience and policy direction were important to voters, none of our current candidates would even be in the race, but the fact is that voters don’t care. It’s a beauty contest, and the candidate that makes people feel best wins.

Obama only looks good in comparison.

 
Written By: Captin Sarcastic
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McCain + Hillary = zero executive experience
McCain was a Naval squadron commander - plenty of executive experience in that.
 
Written By: McQ
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McCain was a Naval squadron commander - plenty of executive experience in that.


I never really thought of commanding 150 - 400 men for a 3 years 40 years ago under the command of others counting as executive experience. I would have classified this as leadership experience, since, you know, executive in this context usually means the actual guy on top, not so much middle manager.
 
Written By: Captin Sarcastic
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I never really thought of commanding 150 - 400 men for a 3 years 40 years ago under the command of others counting as executive experience. I would have classified this as leadership experience, since, you know, executive in this context usually means the actual guy on top, not so much middle manager.
When I was 24 years old and a CPT I commanded a uint with a 24/7 mission to keep outlying HAWK firing batteries "up" and ready to engage hostile aircraft.

I had 500 under my command, a compound with 75 vehicles and 50 buildings. It was mine.

It had a mess hall, barracks, laundry facilities, motor pool, etc and had to be secured 24 hours a day (so I had a contract security force which I oversaw as well). My job was to ensure food, POL, you name it, was there in the amount that was necessary to sustain my unit.

I was responsible to ensure my security force was trained and up to snuff, and had the further responsibility for all the administration of that mix of both US and Korean personnel (including security clearances, etc).

I also was responsible to ensure the Direct Support Element had what was necessary to have on hand in terms of multi-million dollar float equipment, such as Continuous Wave Acquisition radars, etc., and multiples of millions of dollars of parts as well. Not only was I responsible for having the stuff, but for getting it where it need to go, on time and in working condition (so I had maintenance responsibility as well) to ensure the minimum of downtime at the firing batteries.

I also was the law there, responsible for proper discipline and training of those under my command.

No one was holding my hand nor were they sharing my responsibility to ensure all of that worked as it should work and that critical mission got the proper support it required.

If that just entailed "leadership" then I have no idea what executive experience is.

McCain had similar responsibilities in the command of the largest training squadron in the Navy. Every one of those airplanes, their maintenance, parts, you name, were his responsibility and it was his job to ensure it all worked properly, safely and accomplished the mission of training Naval aviators.

That, sir, is not just a "leadership" job.
 
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