Oh, Bama…Posted: January 16, 2008
I want to continue to love Obama. And much of last night’s debate from Las Vegas gave me reason to. But–
1. That thing–where he was trying to draw a contrast between an inspiring President (him) and a wonkish, detail-oriented, micro-managing President (her)–when, probably thinking he was being charmingly self-effacing, he said words to this effect:
I don’t know where anything is in my office–and I never know what I’m doing until someone puts a piece of paper in my hand two minutes before I have to do it.
Um, excuse me, but I kind of want my President to be more organized than that. It reminded me of his response on Meet the Press on November 11, regarding some records from his time as an Illinois state legislator: that he didn’t have them, because he didn’t keep those kinds of records. Which I believed, and which gave me concerns. Frankly, his delineation last night of the kind of President he’d be reawakened those concerns. It also played (unnecessarily and stupidly) into Hillary’s characterization of him as long on inspiration but short on ability to execute.
2. When John Edwards asked Obama his excellent question,
Your campaign gets millions from drug companies and insurance companies. What do you think those companies expect for that money? Good government?
And Obama gave one of the lamest (and most transparently false) answers ever. “That money is from ordinary folks who just happen to work at drug and insurance companies and who believe in my campaign.” Awful! I’m still wondering what the real answer to John Edwards’ question is.
Added at 11:17 PM: I wondered if anyone else in the blogosphere was seeing Obama admission’s of organizational inadequacy as the potential disaster I did. Nobody I read this morning seemed to. But as of 2:53 this afternoon, Mickey Kaus at Slate did.
Added at 9:12 AM Thursday: Now The New York Times is on it. Can I claim to be the first person in the “media” to have commented on this with my post yesterday morning? Let’s put it this way: to my knowledge, the claim remains unchallenged!