Thursday, October 23, 2008

Biden warns that Obama's leadership will be tested with a major national security problem


Senator Joe Biden has introduced “The Parallax View” or perhaps paradox view in a provocative statement that a new president Obama will be tested with a severe international security crisis.

"Mark my words. It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking," Biden said. He said this Sunday, Oct. 19 while campaigning in Seattle.

That comment, for McCain, sounded like a hanging curve ball (or what we called a “palm ball” in backyard softball in my boyhood years). He came back with this and reminded us that he was on a Navy warship during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, which threatened our whole way of life more than any other crisis has, even 9/11.

The story appeared Monday Oct. 20 on Fox News, here.

Biden is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and may believe that his remarks will be taken as affirmation that he and Obama can handle anything. Back in April, right after withdrawing from the primaries, he had delivered a speech at Georgetown University in Washington DC, “2008 and the Stakes for America’s Security,” here.

The other "obvious" question is, would Alaska Governor Sarah Palin really be competent to lead the nation as president through national security problems if she had to step in? True, she would make a good host for Saturday Night Live and would write a good mommy blog. She could play Dagny Taggart in a film of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. But she shouldn't be president.

Can McCain change his VP nominee?

Is it possible for McCain to ask Sarah Palin to step down and appoint someone moderate and properly experienced, like Rudy Giuliani (who would have been my choice for president for the GOP)? Maybe McCain could get back into the game in the last ten days if he could do that. The stock market even might like this.

Can a presidential nominee do this?

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