Land mines that Obama Faces this Fall

John Fund has this at the WSJ:

His statements that he wants to withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq, combined with his lack of foreign policy experience, could hurt him. And his aides are hard pressed to come up with any deviations in a voting record the nonpartisan National Journal calls the most liberal of any U.S. Senator.

As a state legislator he was even more off-center. In 1996, he opposed the Defense of Marriage Act, which the Senate approved 85-14 and President Clinton signed into law. He twice voted "present" on a bill to ban partial-birth abortions. In 1999, he was the only state senator to oppose a law that prohibited early prison release for sex offenders.

Mr. Obama also backed a total ban on handguns, a move his campaign now says was the result of a rogue aide filling out a questionnaire. But Mr. Obama's own handwritten notes were found on the questionnaire, calling into question the campaign's version of what happened. . . .

Then there is trade, where his insincerity is at least as clumsy as Mrs. Clinton's. During the San Francisco episode, Mr. Obama had a throwaway line about how working-class voters fixate on "anti-trade sentiment" in order to vent their frustrations. But isn't it Barack Obama who has been spending months stirring up "anti-trade sentiment?" He has threatened to yank the U.S. out of the North American Free Trade Agreement unless Canada and Mexico renegotiate it. Last week, he denounced the Colombia Free Trade Agreement.

According to Canadian diplomats, top Obama economic adviser Austan Goolsbee admitted to them that they could dismiss his man's anti-Nafta rhetoric. All of this makes Democrats wonder if Mr. Obama is ready for prime time. . . .

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Anonymous Harry Schell said...

Mr. Fund advances the idea that Obama's flubs are "rookie" errors. This bothers me for two reasons.

First, I don't think being a rookie is Obama's problem, unless you define it as an inability to hide what you really think. His comments in "candor" amongst his fellow travelers in SF and a number of other statements by himself, his wife and his pastor all are of a piece. They reflect an elitist attitude of a convinced Marxist, a man who clings very hard to a bankrupt ideology so as to fit in with his 'equals".

It is to me a demonstration of Obama's narrow experience with life and intellectual laziness to wonder if there are new things to learn.

Second, if Obama is tipping his hand because he is less skilled, a rookie, then I guess I cannot really believe what any of the political class say, they are too skilled as liars for me to know if they mean it or not.

This is a terrible statement of the rot infecting some career politicians and our inability as voters to figure out how and who will change things. Apathy is indeed a logical, if sad, response.

4/15/2008 4:50 PM  

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