Presumably he bases that solely on his decision to oppose the Iraq war in 2002 when he was a state senator. What else? Surely it can't be his admission in 2004 that leaving Iraq too soon would be a national security nightmare?
Or that chasing a few al Qaeda members into the hills of Pakistan, if we got intel on their whereabouts, would be permissible in his administration with or without Paki permission, setting precedent for unilateral attacks across the world wherever AQ are located (that's change?). Or his self-proclaimed restriction on building national defense while waving goodbye to AQ terrorists already on the ground in Iraq.
Judgment is not confined to one event, certainly not one that might still turn out to be positive for America and the entire Middle East if things are allowed to play out right or vastly negative if we make the wrong move. Hillary has little to show for it either, but Obama's dependence on that one issue to make his case, and the press's willingness to let him do it, are farcical.
Does Geraldine Ferraro only get away with her comments because she's a woman, even though white? And can she please explain Ralph Nader's excuse?
My take--Ferraro is just another Hillaryshill trying to bait Obama into going full tilt racial and becoming the new Jesse Jackson, which will be painted as a losing prospect against the Johnny Mac show come November. That gives superdelegates, like Eliot Spitzer, a reason to vote against change.
We know Ferraro's comments were greeted coldly by the candidate of change:
"I don't think Geraldine Ferraro's comments have any place in our politics or in the Democratic Party," Obama told Pennsylvania's Allentown Morning Call newspaper. "They are divisive. I think anybody who understands the history of this country knows they are patently absurd. And I would expect that the same way those comments don't have a place in my campaign they shouldn't have a place in Senator Clinton's either."But the internets are a wonderful thing and tend to preserve all our foibles and such. From Obama's own website:
Obama acknowledges, with no small irony, that he benefits from his race.
If he were white, he once bluntly noted, he would simply be one of nine freshmen senators, almost certainly without a multimillion-dollar book deal and a shred of celebrity. Or would he have been elected at all?