The RNC offers its most effective ad of this cycle today. Called “Chair”, it points out Barack Obama’s lack of executive experience and asks voters whether they want to trust an untested neophyte in the midst of one of the worst economic crises in a century:
Meltdown. Foreclosure. Pensions, savings wiped out.
And now our nation considers elevating one of the least experienced people ever to run for President.
Barack Obama: he hasn’t had executive experience.
This crisis would be Obama’s first crisis. In this chair.
That is a near-perfect distillation of the experience argument against Obama. Why should Americans trust Obama in the nation’s highest office when he has no experience at all as an executive at any level of politics? Obama is, indeed, one of the least experienced people ever to run for President as a major-party nominee. He hasn’t even completed his first term in the Senate.
Obama could answer that charge if he had an extraordinary list of accomplishments, but he doesn’t. Want to watch an Obama supporter squirm? Ask them this question: Outside of getting himself elected, what has Barack Obama actually accomplished? He spent seven years in the state legislature without much to recommend him, and he’s done even less in the US Senate in half that time. Usually, the response will be a spluttering tirade against the Bush administration, but George Bush isn’t running for re-election, and it still doesn’t answer the question.
Of course, Obama does have some limited executive experience, but strangely, he doesn’t want to talk about the Chicago Annenberg Challenge and its eight-figure failure in educational reform. In fact, he and his campaign go out of their way to smear journalists who research it and try their best to silence them.
No significant accomplishments in the legislature. Less than four years experience in national politics. No executive, military, or foreign-relations experience. The RNC rightly reminds voters of Obama’s shallow resumé and asks why we would trust him in any crisis, let alone during a time of war and financial collapse.