ARC's 1st Law: As a "progressive" online discussion grows longer, the probability of a nefarious reference to Karl Rove approaches one

Thursday, January 10, 2008

The Architect echos a subtle truth about Obama

In today's Wall Street Journal, Karl Rove outlines in "Why Hillary Won", a pretty good analysis of how Hillary was able to bounce back from her Iowa defeat and re-invigorate her campaign. One piece particularly jumped out at me, as its something I've been saying for a while now

Third, the Clintons began -- at first not very artfully -- to raise questions about the fitness for the Oval Office of a first-term senator with no real accomplishments or experience.

Former President Bill Clinton hit a nerve by drawing attention to Mr. Obama's conflicting statements on Iraq. There's more -- and more powerful -- material available. Mr. Obama has failed to rise to leadership on a single major issue in the Senate. In the Illinois legislature, he had a habit of ducking major issues, voting "present" on bills important to many Democratic interest groups, like abortion-rights and gun-control advocates. He is often lazy, given to misstatements and exaggerations and, when he doesn't know the answer, too ready to try to bluff his way through.

For someone who talks about a new, positive style of politics and pledges to be true to his word, Mr. Obama too often practices the old style of politics, saying one thing and doing another. He won't escape criticism on all this easily. But the messenger and the message need to be better before the Clintons can get all this across. Hitting Mr. Obama on his elementary school essays won't cut it.

As I've outlined to co-conspirators before, Obama is simply the man that fit the suit. He's just another Johnny Bravo.



Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: Brian