The Barack Obama camp offered up the latest and perhaps weakest response to the “qualifications” argument concerning Sarah Palin. He now says his campaign is all the executive experience he needs and more than his opponent’s VP. This entire approach seems ineffectual at best, and counterproductive at worst.
First, the Obama campaign is now hung up on comparing their Presidential nominee with McCain’s VP. Who benefits from this and why would they want to put those two on the same level? Second, for Americans tired of professional politicians and the “perpetual campaign” it seems more likely to annoy and rankle voters than to impress them. Third, does Obama really want us to use his campaign as a guide to assessing his executive skills? It is not a great example of executive finesse: the hair-trigger responders whom he must rope in (e.g on the Sarah Palin attack), the effort to shove bad news (e.g. Reverend Wright) under the rug, the tendency to bully the opposition (e.g. jamming the radio station and slandering those investigating the Annenberg Challenge), and on it goes. Does he really want to talk about James Johnson? Does he want to talk about the gobs of money he has spent on a campaign that is underperforming? The full record of Obama’s campaign management skills is not a positive one.
Once again the McCain camp is fortunate to have a confused and increasingly desperate opponent.