Source: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122452286805950719.html; and the always quote-worthy Joe Biden.
Author: James Taranto
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The author of Stag's Leap would also like to thank Senator Biden for stating the case against Obama more clearly and more succinctly than the GOP has been able to do for the entire campaign.
If the prospect of an Obama presidency doesn't make you nervous, Joe Biden's latest comments, reported by ABC News, may change the way you feel:
"Mark my words," the Democratic vice presidential nominee warned at the second of his two Seattle fundraisers Sunday. "It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking. We're about to elect a brilliant 47-year-old senator president of the United States of America. Remember I said it standing here if you don't remember anything else I said. Watch, we're gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy."
"I can give you at least four or five scenarios from where it might originate," Biden said to Emerald City supporters, mentioning the Middle East and Russia as possibilities. "And he's gonna need help. And the kind of help he's gonna need is, he's gonna need you--not financially to help him--we're gonna need you to use your influence, your influence within the community, to stand with him. Because it's not gonna be apparent initially, it's not gonna be apparent that we're right."
As Commentary's Jennifer Rubin notes, this adds up to a pretty good argument for electing a president who is experienced and tough--i.e., John McCain. "This is material for an ad that's a lot more credible than Hillary Clinton's '3 a.m.' ad," observes Rubin. "That one came from his arguably frantic opponent–this one is from his running mate."
..... Biden's comments yesterday, by contrast, make one wonder why Obama chose as his running mate someone with a propensity for running off his mouth.
In an odd way, Biden's gaffe is reassuring, too. It suggests that the Democrats are not really naive enough to believe that if Obama is elected, everyone will like America again and the world will stop being dangerous.
SL: There is very little that I need to say in addition to Sen. Biden's statement. This might be the best case against Obama period. We know his economic policies will be bad. We know his social policies will be bad. We know his energy policies will be bad. We know his foreign policy will be bad. But, this points out the glaring weakness. Say what you want about Pres. George W. Bush. However, no one in their right mind believes that Al Gore was the right person to address 9/11. Whether we prosecuted Afghanistan and Iraq in the right way, there is no way that Gore could or would have answered that tragedy in an acceptable manner. He would have folded his tent and found a way to blame the United States for the attack. So to get back on track here - what Biden is saying is that if we elect Obama, we will face a serious international crisis. Why would we want to bring that on ourselves? Seriously, why?! There is no way this man has the internal strength or belief in America to stand up to a challange.
I am not going about using scare tactics and the politics of fear. No, I am just re-stating what Sen. Biden said about his runningmate. I do not wish America to be challanged if we are unfortuante enough to elect Obama as the next President. However, this has been a legitimate fear of mine and I do believe it will happen. Now a conspiracy theorist could say that an international incident could be generated by the Obama Administration just to prove he is worthy. Eh, as much as this is a thought that could cross my mind, I do not subscribe to conspiracy theories. But, as I said before, I do believe that the United States of America will be challanged if Obama is elected. And I know that this man does not have the courage nor the love of Country to stand, fight and win.
If his running mate is worried about this, then every person with common sense should think long and hard about whether America should and could endure an international challange, especially given our current economic issues. Obama would most likely give a decent if not good speech. But, I do not doubt he would find a way to place blame on the U.S. And, moreover he does not have the conviction, determination, courage or love of Country to do what is necessary to prevail against evil.