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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Experience counts

So much for the Republican spin (and media babble) that the Clintons didn't believe Barack Obama was ready to lead.

That high wire act named Bill Clinton came through with the ultimate high risk, high reward for Barack Obama tonight:
“Barack Obama is ready to lead America and restore American leadership in the world,” Mr. Clinton said, speaking strongly and with apparent conviction. “Barack Obama is ready to be president of the United States.”
But more telling was Clinton's comparison of today's GOP rhetoric to that of 16 years ago, when they also called him too young and too inexperienced to be commander-in-chief.

Let's think about it for a second. What was George W. Bush's experience that qualified him as commander-in-chief? Listening to his father?

The depth of W.'s lack of qualifications was exemplified by his decision to pick Dick Cheney as his running mate. Too bad for him -- and us -- that his selection did not believe in the Constitution and basic moral values.

GOP apologists might counter that Obama made a similar decision in his selection of Joe Biden. Big differences though. Biden has never showed anti-democratic tendencies.

And even more importantly, Obama has the intellect and true courage to think for himself.

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