Monday, December 11, 2006

Obama ouch: Barack skewered on his lack of experience

While much of the nation succumbs to Obama-mania, there are a few voices of sanity out there.

Former Bill Clinton advisor Dick Morris--who is no fan of Hillary--co-wrote an article that appears in today's FrontPage Magazine with Eileen McGann.

From that article:

In reading Senator Barack Obama’s #1 bestseller, The Audacity of Hope, one begins to wonder whether he is another cynical politician or just a helplessly naïve neophyte.

After a few chapters, one actually has the audacity to hope that it is his inexperience — and nothing sinister — that accounts for his sometimes silly and often misleading narrative. Anyone who is that naive should not be a U.S. Senator, much less the president.

Obama is a uniquely charismatic candidate who has catapulted into second place among Democratic primary voters, forcing Hillary Clinton to hastily abandon her coy pretense that she hasn’t made a decision about whether to run. He inspires people by his story, his demeanor and his message.

But if his book offers a window into the real Barack Obama, one thing is certain: He has a long way to go before he is ready for the presidency. He's only been in the U.S. Senate for two years and before that, he was a state senator and a professor of constitutional law. He's never been an administrator, met a payroll, developed a budget, or solved a crisis. It's not only his greenness that sends out warnings; at times, he doesn’t seem to grasp the implications of all that he writes. At other times, his words have a distinct disconnect with his actions and legislative record.

In short, Obama's never really run anything. He can do something about it--but it means postponing his presidential plans for a while. He can run for governor of Illinois in 2010. Obama's only 45, he's got a lot of time left.

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