Urbin Report

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Shifting democrat standards

It is interesting to watch the shifting standards for the office of President and Vice-President. Senator Quayle was attacked as being far too inexperienced to be on a Presidential ticket. He had completed two terms in the House and was on his second term in the Senate.

Obama, with fraction of that experience is now the democrat choice for the next President of the United States of America.

In 1992 and 1996, Clinton's lack of military experience (he was an admitted draft dodger and protested against the US military on foreign soil) was not an issue when he was running against US Military combat veterans.

In 2000 & 2004, the democrat candidate's military experience was touted as a key reason why they were more qualified to be Commander in Chief.

Now that the situation is reversed again, democrat operatives are claiming that military experience is a liability.

Barak Obama, like John Kerry before him, has never been involved in an election at a national level. Nor has he (or Kerry) ever had to run in an election where there was any serious competition (Obama actually won his first race by having the other democrat contenders removed from the primary ballot).

Denver will be interesting. The PUMAs are pissed and have a strong argument that Hillary Clinton is the more electable candidate in November.
Given that Hillary has conned Obama into giving both her and Billy Jeff speaking slots, the convention may end up being more about Bill and Hillary than Barak.

Remember that it is the Clinton's best interest if one of two things happen:

1. Hillary managed to obtain the nomination at the convention. Low probability, but they are probably working that angle.

2. Barak H. Obama loses to the much more experienced Senator John McCain. This gives Hillary another shot at the White House in 2012.

This post was originally a comment on this photo thread on flickr.