Say it Ain’t So, Joe

Political campaigns tend to be as devoid of candor as poker games, and the campaign of Barack Obama is particularly guilty.  “Golly – Reverend Wright Really Said That?  I’m shocked, shocked!!”  But in the last few days, out of the blue, we have been treated to two pieces of uncharacteristic candor from Team Obama, and in their own words.

First, in an impromptu encounter Obama exposed his Marxist economic worldview by telling “Joe the Plumber” that he believes the hard earned cash of small business owners should be taken from them and turned over to those who have done absolutely nothing to earn it.  Now if that won’t inspire you to put your money at risk and work long, hard hours I don’t know what will.

And now, Obama’s running mate, Joe Biden, warns us in no uncertain terms that the world’s dictators, terrorists and thugs view Obama as an untested rookie.  Said Biden, “Mark my words, it will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy.”  “Watch, we’re going to have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy.”  “And he’s going to need help . . . to stand with him. Because it’s not going to be apparent initially; it’s not going to be apparent that we’re right.”

I have often commented that Obama is completely untested and possesses no body of work from which one could infer he is ready to be President.  Yet it is amazing to observe the childlike trust of Obama supporters placed in a man who has so little to show for his career effort, despite his fancy academic degrees.

A stint as a “community organizer,” an ineffective executive position at Bill Ayers’ Chicago Annenberg Challenge, and a pedestrian record as a state senator in IL is about all there is.  Oh, and two ghost written, self-serving books.  If I was considering him as a candidate for the CEO position of one of our companies I’d look at his resume and say “you’ve got to be kidding me, this guy is forty-seven years old, and he hasn’t done anything!”

And yet, put the power of the media behind him to provide complete air cover, combined with a natural talent for smooth delivery of lofty scripted remarks – and of course endless populist promises of assorted handouts and goodies if you vote for him – and presto, he’s the one for President!!  It’s a shame Americans can be bought so easily.

Joe Biden’s remarks are interesting because they could not have been clearer.  Our enemies will take the opportunity of his election to “test him” because they don’t know who Obama is.  I wish I’d have thought of that fatal flaw in the Obama candidacy.  Oh, wait, I did, two paragraphs ago.

Isn’t this great – nobody “knows Obama” so for the next six months we all need to crawl into the cellar or worry if our kids are going to be safe at school, until that first “generated crisis” hits as the world starts to test this mystery man from the corrupt, Chicago political machine.

Somehow I don’t think our enemies would decide to “generate” a crisis, a dirty bomb in New York or the local mall, or nuke Israel to test John McCain and find out how he reacts.

And to top it all off, here’s Biden’s ominous warning about Obama’s probable response: “it’s not going to be apparent initially, that we’re right.”

How reassuring.

As a matter of pure political strategy, I can’t imagine that foreign policy – and Senator Obama’s obvious lack of experience – are what the Obama campaign wanted to see in the news two weeks before the election.  More importantly, is an international crisis that threatens American safety and security the price the country must pay to appease that portion of the electorate whose primary Presidential voting criteria is which guy will give them the most free stuff?

So today, just like the disappointed and disillusioned  young Chicagoan who chanced to encounter “Shoeless” Joe Jackson in the midst of the 1919 Black Sox scandal, we implore: “Say it ain’t so, Joe!”

But today, like then, the response is, “It’s so kid, it’s so.”

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