More about Obama’s experience, or rather lack of experience:
Obama’s allure differs from the infatuations of past election cycles because it can’t be traced to what he has done or will do. In his legislative career, Obama has produced few concrete policy changes, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a rank-and-file fan who can cite one. Not since 1896 — when another rousing speechmaker, William Jennings Bryan, sought the White House — has the zeal for a candidate corresponded so little to a record of hard accomplishment.
Can any Obama supporter out there tell me what he did accomplish while he was in the state legislature or since he has been in the Senate. I have heard that he opposed casinos in Illinois, which I think is a good thing, but I really would like to know if there is anything else.
More on the reason for Hillary Clinton’s win in NH:
(It’s possible that the so-called Bradley effect — the inclination of some voters to support a black candidate in talking to pollsters or in public caucuses but not in private voting booths — artificially boosted his pre-primary New Hampshire poll numbers. But as the pollster Lee Miringoff notes, those surveys actually predicted Obama’s final numbers correctly while underestimating Clinton’s, suggesting that late deciders gave her the win.)
Hillary Clinton’s win was the result of her, and her campaign’s, hard work in NH during the four days before the primary to persuade undecided voters that she was the better choice, and it was the result of a better GOTV effort. All this garbage about the effect of the “teary moment” is just that, garbage. The talking heads, by the way, think GOTV is a cheer for them, not a way to win a campaign.
And finally, on leadership:
Obama’s boosters are not fired up about finally confronting those intricate and intractable problems, for which the answers lie not in identity but in politics and policy. Inspiring and exhilarating as it is, Obamamania allows us to sidestep the hardest challenges, at least for now.
Leadership is about getting people to confront the problems and issues facing us and meeting the challenges of solving those problems. I want someone as president who can do that, and not allow “us to sidestep the hardest challenges.”