I am tapping out my link-free cocktail party talking points of probable attack lines against Obama. Help me out!
1. Can We Settle For Picking A President, Not A Messiah?
It's wonderful that Mr. Audacity of Hope has got Scarlett Johannson all acquiver - the poor dear was no doubt looking down a long, lonely road to a gray horizon until Barack saved her. But really, can't we just pick a President? This Cult of Barack is creepy.
2. Commander in Chief of a Cub Scout Troop - Maybe.
This guy is ready to command the US military in wartime? Please. Kennedy wasn't ready - ask the folks who survived the Bay of Pigs debacle. Let's add that Bill Clinton was not ready to be President, since not all the whackos at Waco were inside the Davidian compound but neither Reno nor Bill seemed to be in charge. Or ask about Mogadishu that fall.
3. Barack, Barack, what have you done lately, or ever?
Chris Matthews had fun with this; won't be the last time.
4. When Does The Bipartisanship Begin?
David Brooks offered a fruitful variation on the "What, if anything, has Barack accomplished (I have a free thirty seconds)" question - why has he ducked the big bipartisan pushes of the last few years?
Where was Barack when the Gang of 14 teamed up to move judges through the Senate? McCain was there!
Where was Barack when the McCain-Kennedy immigration bill was stumbling through the Senate? McCain was there!
Where was Obama when roughly 20 Democratic Senators joined the Republicans in trying to update FISA? McCain was there!
The reality is that McCain has practiced the sort of bipartisanship Obama has merely preached, and has the political scars to prove it. Do we want the guy who does a great job of talking the talk, or the guy who has walked the walk for years?
5. We Are The Change We Have Been Waiting For (Or Am I The Walrus?)
Some of Obama's rhetoric desperately needs to be mocked. We can assume that the Saturday Night Live folks will go AWOL on this but perhaps others will pick up the slack. We are the change we have been waiting for? Uh huh, and John McCain is the KeyMaster. Or is he the Merovingian?
6. Down With MiddleClassedness
Obama's minister surfaced a few weeks back; hard to believe he is gone for good.
Help me out. I really think it is Obama's hard luck to be squared up against McCain.