Obama Bushism of the day: Governor of a town?
“Well, my understanding is that Governor Palin’s town of Wasilla has, I think, 50 employees. We’ve got 2,500 in this campaign. I think their budget is maybe $12 million a year. You know, we have a budget of about three times that just for the month. So I think that our ability to manage large systems and to execute I think has been made clear over the last couple of years,”
Since when do towns have “Governors”?
Obama cites her title, then ignores her position.
Her position as running a state government qualified other notable candidates in the past as “experienced” such as Ronald Reagan, which Obama has praised in the past. His position is he has more experience than a small town mayor. I guess we can all agree on that. However, he obviously doesn’t have as much experience as a governor. That’s where his problem is. Two other sides to the problem he’s facing making this argument:
- He’s running on change. However, he’s trying to position himself as better at every angle than McCain/Palin. Which is it? He can’t be more experienced than McCain and still be an agent of change. He just needs to drop that angle and use it to his advantage. Something like “change you can believe in” or something like that. Surrounding himself with insiders and claiming he’s been doing this for years just undermines that “change you can believe in” argument since almost no one trusts Congress any more.
- He needs to quit swift-boating himself ala Kerry. Kerry worried himself to death on a non-issue ( exactly what he did in Vietnam thirty years before ), and allowed other issues to go unanswered and unchallenged. He should have just dropped it and moved on. If he had, it would have been forgotten in short order. Obama’s bizarre focus on “experience” is having the same effect. Issues he could be hammering McCain and Palin on are being over-shadowed by Obama worrying himself sick over proving he’s right on every single minutae. This is not an issue Obama’s going to win this year. However, it’s not an issue he has to win this year. It is an issue however, he can beat himself with. And the more he works to prove the unprovable, the more likely he is to make more really dumb statements like he is more experienced than governors of small towns.