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Effective but deceptive
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, August 28, 2008

Bill Clinton's speech last night was vintage Clinton. And there is no question that to those will not dig under his words, it was effective. But it was vintage in another way as well - it was quite deceptive.

For instance:
He recalled that 16 years ago "Republicans said I was too young and too inexperienced to be commander in chief. Sound familiar? It didn't work in 1992 … and it will not work in 2008."
Of course the rap against Obama isn't he's "too young" as Clinton would have you believe, but that he is too inexperienced. When Clinton ran, he had been a governor of a state for over 10 years. So he literally had 10 times the executive experience Obama so clearly lacks.

There is no comparison between a governor of 10 years and a community organizer with a couple of years in the Senate.

But it was a nice try at reframing the argument against Obama in an attempt to neutralize it. For those able to think independently, it didn't work, however.

The rest, from both he and Biden, was mostly declaration and assertion:
Earlier, former president Bill Clinton put aside divisions of the primary season and delivered an enthusiastic endorsement, saying "Barack Obama is ready to be president of the United States."

Clinton said Obama's heritage and experience give him "a unique capacity to lead our increasingly diverse nation" and restore its leadership in the world.

"He has the intelligence and curiosity every successful president needs," the former president said. "His policies on the economy, taxes, health care and energy are far superior to the Republican alternatives. … The long, hard primary tested and strengthened him.
He's ready because of his "heritage"? "Curiosity"? "Intelligence"? Clinton just described 100 million people - and probably half of them have executive experience.

Obama's resume is so thin that his most ardent backers (and even those who aren't quite as ardent as they pretend to be) are reduced to "heritage, curiosity and intelligence" as major qualifications for the office.

Accomplishments? Not yet - but if you like potential, elect him president and let him try out his first executive job in the White House. Yeah, that's the ticket.

The McCain answer?

 
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I don’t recall and can’t find any evidence that any Republican ever claimed Bill Clinton was too inexperienced to be President. In a brief search I found one reference to Clinton’s inexperience, but it came from Ross Perot after Clinton was already elected. Anyone else got anything or is this a red herring?
 
Written By: the wolf
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Obama’s resume is so thin
To be fair, it would be a lot fatter if so much of it hadn’t needed to be removed. That’s why it’s time to go back to his curriculum vitae to retrieve the whole Obama.

Quick, everyone, get to it before Chicago itself disappears!

Obama will have been just a generic "community organizer," unattached to any particular community, and certainly not to one that no longer, I mean, never existed.
 
Written By: Martin McPhillips
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Barak Obama - if men were beer, he’d be Jimmy Carter ’Dark’.
 
Written By: looker
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Looker,

For all his faults, Carter had exec experience.
 
Written By: Don
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True true...however, what we’re going to get on a Presidental level with Barak Obama is the 21st Century version of what we got with Jimmy Carter.
I’m already convinced. I’m thinking less of the level of experience they actually have than what he’s going to do with what he has. Carter didn’t do a whole lot with whatever his experience was from what I recall.

Carter was ’new’, he was a ’change’, people liked that stupid grin and his folksy ways. He was going to be a radical departure from the Vietnam era leaders and Watergate tainted government. That was the gist of his campaign and Ford was (like McCain) painted as just a carry over of the previous President.

You know, Bush is almost as equally hated, no, strike that...amazing...I think these people may hate Bush more than they hated Nixon.

 
Written By: looker
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Plus, I was looking for a tag line, you now..."Tippecanoe and Tyler too!"
 
Written By: looker
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Barak Obama - if men were beer, he’d be Jimmy Carter ’Dark’
Actually, given the thinness of his resume, I tend to think of him as "Jimmy Carter Lite" myself.
 
Written By: Marco
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Actually, given the thinness of his resume, I tend to think of him as "Jimmy Carter Lite" myself.
Come on! I’m being a racist! I’ve actually noticed he’s not ’lite’ skinned!
What’s the point of racist nuances if no one notices the nuance!
 
Written By: looker
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When Clinton ran, he had been a governor of a state for over 10 years. So he literally had 10 times the executive experience Obama so clearly lacks.

And 10 times the executive experience that McCain so clearly lacks. Just trying to be fair and balanced.
 
Written By: Steven Donegal
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So commanding a squadron (or any other military unit) isn’t executive experience?

Sorry, but no sale.
 
Written By: McQ
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"You know, Bush is almost as equally hated, no, strike that...amazing...I think these people may hate Bush more than they hated Nixon."


Hunter S. Thompson was open about it, before he blew his brains out.

You’ve got to remember that it’s all about image and emotions for them.

W. was a "perfect storm" in this regard.

An Eastern old money Establishment figure from a patrician family, who, at the same time, looked and acted like (heck, EMBRACED BEING) a Southern religious "redneck."
 
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