Thursday, January 24, 2008

Oh, Bomb-a!

Just when I was thinking Barack Obama was perfect, he starts getting honest and committing gaffe after gaffe – a political gaffe defined as unintentionally telling the truth.

One of the raps against his candidacy is that all he had was eight years experience in the Illinois State Senate and two years in the U.S. Senate before presenting himself to the American people as president-worthy.

In those Illinois years and an elective record longer than Abraham Lincoln’s, Obama seems to have cast six votes out of 4,000 that he said were mistaken. Hey, that happens, and it would be a mistake for Hillary Clinton or John Edwards to make a big deal of it, because it is highly likely that they, too, voted incorrectly because they misunderstood what the procedural vote was about or weren’t fully briefed by the factota who stand by the Senate doors and flash a thumbs up or thumbs down when senators rush to the floor from their meetings with lobbyists and donors.

In the Senate, you vote orally (sorry, Hillary) and can get a mistaken vote changed once a preliminary roll is called. But in the U.S. House and in almost all statehouses, the voting is done electronically, so with machines, mistakes can be mademademademademade.

The problem is what Obama told the Los Angeles Times, which dug up his problem with the concept of “aye” or “nay.”

Said the would-be 44th president of the United States, “I pressed the wrong button by accident.”

Oy vey, Obama. I think the American people would like a president, in a nuclear age, who knows which buttons he is pushing -- if not whose.

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