Why the GOP Has a Good Shot at beating Obama
Ed Morrissey points us to this video and transcript from Chris Matthews “Hardball” show last night where a Texas state senator and Obama Super Delegate had a wee bit of a problem coming up with anything – repeat anything – that Barack Obama has accomplished in the United States Senate:
Matthews: “Well, name some of his legislative accomplishments. No, Senator, I want you to name some of Barack Obama’s legislative accomplishments tonight if you can.”
State Sen. Watson: “Well, you know, what I will talk about is more about what he is offering the American people right now.”
Matthews: “No. No. What has he accomplished, sir? You say you support him. Sir, you have to give me his accomplishments. You’ve supported him for president. You are on national television. Name his legislative accomplishments, Barack Obama, sir.”
State Sen. Watson: “Well, I’m not going to be able to name you specific items of legislative accomplishments.”
Matthews: “Can you name any? Can you name anything he’s accomplished as a Congressman?”
State Sen. Watson: “No, I’m not going to be able to do that tonight.”
Matthews: “Well, that is a problem isn’t it?”
Indeed it is, Chrissy – for Obama. For John McCain and the GOP, it is a great opportunity to show the American people just how empty Obama’s emphasis on “change” really is. McCain has had a legislative career where he has led the fight on many issues and has had his name attached to several bills (some of them, like McCain-Feingold, are less than popular with conservatives).
Obama can cut and paste his policy positions on his website all he wants and it still won’t give him any accomplishments in the Senate. And you can bet that McCain will try and get the voters to focus on that aspect of Obama and not his Messiah-like personality or speaking ability.