Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Why Obama Won't Beat Richardson in 2008

I couldn't have said it better myself. From Musing's Musings:
Because my second reason for not supporting an Obama presidential bid in 2008 is the senator's lack of both political and executive experience. It's been 15 years since Obama graduated from Harvard Law School. Seven of those years were spent in the Illinois state Senate, and two of those, so far, have been spent in the U.S. Senate. That's the sum total of Obama's experience with elective office and politics on any level, and it's nowhere near enough to win even the Democratic primary--not when there is at least one sitting Democratic governor (Bill Richardson) in the mix. Richardson is Hispanic, so he can also expect to get a great deal of support from minority voters. More importantly, Richardson has executive-level experience both as governor of New Mexico and also from his service as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, as chairman of the Western Governors' Association, and as Secretary of Energy in President Clinton's cabinet.


Right now, Obama's reputation largely rests on one speech, the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention (which was also chaired by Gov. Richardson, by the way). Don't get me wrong, senator, it was a great speech--and you've made a few others along the way, including the commencement address at my alma mater you gave two years ago. Rhetoric, on the other hand, is not the same thing--or even in the same league--as a record of accomplishment and executive-level experience. [emphasis mine]
Don't get me wrong, I like Senator Obama, and he might make a fine President, someday. But he's not ready for the big leagues yet. Bill Richardson is the only candidate with the experience necessary to deal with the epic problems of our times that the next President will inherit from George W. Bush.


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