Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Geyer on Obama's leadership

Longtime columnist -- much of the time on international politics -- Georgie Anne Geyer is still one of the best at seeing through the smog of the moment, to focus on what will actually matter in the long run.

In “Leadership is Obama’s best quality” Geyer underlines some of the differences between the leadership styles and distinctive abilities of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, as they pertain to campaigning now, and dealing with other countries later.
[Obama} rightly answered: "The question is not about picking up the phone. The question is what kind of judgment will you make when you answer?" To which the always impressive Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, Democrat of West Virginia, commented, "What matters most in the Oval Office is sound judgment and decisive action. It's about getting it right on crucial national security questions the first time -- and every time."

But that is not what Hillary is talking about these unpleasant, unnecessary days. Her mantra now is, "I am a fighter. I am a fighter." Very well, but what exactly does that mean?

Does that mean she is fighting the Republicans? It does not appear so, not when she says so unnervingly for her party that Republican candidate John McCain is eminently capable of being commander in chief, but that her fellow Democrat Barack Obama, supposedly for lack of her pugnacity and his purported "lack of experience," is not.

She is a fighter against Democrats -- men and women who essentially believe in the same precepts and principles as she does. So the fighter mantra comes down to merely a struggle to advance her own intense and often reckless ambition.
Moreover, Geyer is hardly a starry-eyed idealist who has been duped by lofty rhetoric and pie-in-the-sky dreams. She’s no card-carrying liberal, either. Click here to read the entire piece.

Don't know much about Geyer? What does she know? Click here to read a six-paragraph bio.

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