A ‘Hair Trigger’ of convenience or mismanagement?
On Friday, August 29 2008, this played out. Obama’s campaign stated…
John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency. Governor Palin shares John McCain’s commitment to overturning Roe v. Wade, the agenda of Big Oil and continuing George Bush’s failed economic policies — that’s not the change we need, it’s just more of the same.
Obama later replied…
I think that, uh, you know campaigns start getting these uh, hair triggers and, uh, the statement that Joe and I put out reflects our sentiments,
What happened here? One of two things, both of which are troubling.
1. The Clintonesque way. Obama MEANT for the comments to be in the air for a few hours to get the inexperience issue flying on the air waves, making them SO obviously over the top that they would be the talking point for the hour. Then he quite conveniently distanced himself saying that he had nothing to do with it. I give him too much credit to believe he would actually be as sly as Bill or Hillary (maybe they are consulting for him), but it is a possibility that he is a callous politician.
2. He is being truthful, and is now firing a staffer for screwing up. The problem here is that he doesn’t have control of his campaign. They can do and say whatever the hell they want, including insulting the Governor of the most important energy states in the US, WITHOUT his express authorisation. IF this is really what happened, lets just transfer this problem to the Whitehouse if Obama get’s elected. What state secrets will his office blurt out, or what insults will fly about foreign countries and their leaders (for that we get the real thing in Obama – Iran after all is ‘not a serious threat’). Obama doesn’t have the ability to manage even his own staff, how can he manage the country?
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