While the media is going on and on today about the war of words between McCain and Obama over Iran, they missed the not so subtle subtext that McCain is making the same failed experience argument that doomed Hillary Clinton. McCain seems ready dredge up the tired argument that Obama is too reckless and inexperienced to be president.
“Senator Obama has declared, and repeatedly reaffirmed his intention to meet the President of Iran without any preconditions, likening it to meetings between former American Presidents and the leaders of the Soviet Union. Such a statement betrays the depth of Senator Obama’s inexperience and reckless judgment. Those are very serious deficiencies for an American president to possess,” McCain said.
The McCain campaign has decided that the best way to defeat Obama is to scare the American people out of their desire for change. McCain isn’t only saying that Obama is inexperienced. He is also insinuating that Obama’s inexperience could lead to the deaths of Americans. His point isn’t so much about Iran, but that Obama is a danger to national security. The point being that if McCain can successfully frighten Americans about Iran, then maybe they won’t be so eager for change.
It is fascinating that McCain would call Obama reckless because of his inexperience, but yet ideologically he stands firmly behind the most reckless and incompetent president in our nation’s history, George W. Bush. The problem for McCain is that he has to try to make Obama the issue of the fall campaign, because he can’t run on the issues that really matter to the voters. McCain is wrong on the Iraq war, wrong on healthcare, and wrong on the economy.
McCain and the Republicans can try to sexy up the inexperience argument by throwing some scare tactics about Iran into the mix, but when you strip it down, you’ll see that is really the same experience argument that Hillary Clinton unsuccessfully used during the primary season. McCain can try to distract voters any way he can, but they will see that he offers more of the same, and he can’t satisfy their deep craving for change.
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