The Confusing Saga of Barack O'Borah
9:06 AM, May 23, 2008 • By DEAN BARNETT
I just knew that the equivocations issued by the Obama campaign and its eager surrogates like Joe Klein regarding the longtime community organizer's diplomatic plans with Iran were bound to confuse the slow-witted. Sure enough, Joe Biden has taken to the pages of the Wall Street Journal and shown that he has become lost in the farrago of the Obama campaign's contradicting edicts:
Okay, as they say, let's go to the videotape! Or the transcript anyway. Here once again is the relevant portion from the YouTube debate where Obama pronounced his foreign policy revolution:
Careful readers will note there's nothing there about "preparations." Still more careful observers of this ridiculous sage will note that Biden, in his bewilderment, has introduced the stuff about "advancing our interests" all by his lonesome. Perhaps the following snippet from Obama's conversation with Jake Tapper from a few days ago confused him:
He didn't go on to elaborate on precisely what the difference might be, but I'll take his word for it - it's huge. Some might think that by introducing this wrinkle, Obama himself tried to "walk back" the YouTube pledge, but as you know I prefer to view Obama and his campaign without cynicism. What can I say? All the talk of hope and change has moved me. I've been elevated. So I choose to believe that Obama still pines to meet with all our adversaries, and so long as he can make the proper "preparations" like finding the right caterer and an appropriate function hall, all systems will be go.
One last word - I wonder if Obama supporters who have developed an entirely appropriate disgust for Clinton-style politics are wincing over the ludicrous parsing of "preparations" and "preconditions?" Regardless, I think Obama's supporters and his detractors better get used to him trying to be on both sides of controversial issues. He may well demonstrate an aptitude for straddling that dwarfs John Kerry's formidable talent in that regard. Of all the many unnerving things we've seen of Barack Obama, this may be the biggest cause for concern - he talks one way and acts another (think of bipartisanship or earmarks), usually with the sole intention of securing his own popularity.
And one last question: Did Biden take to the pages of the WSJ with the Obama campaign's sanction, or was he merely an officious volunteer trying to butter up the presumptive nominee while tossing his weave into the Secretary of State ring?