Monday, September 8, 2008
Senator Obama accuses Governor Palin – who he has apparently decided to run against rather than Senator McCain – of “flip flopping” on the issue of the infamous “Bridge to Nowhere.” In fact, she did change her mind. But so what?
The question which Senator Obama should be asking is, “Why?” Was it for political expedience which would be wrong, or for good reason in which case she did the right thing. Changing your mind is not, Senator Obama, an inherently bad thing. Quite to the contrary, it’s an often essential part of every process which demonstrates an open-mindedness, intellectual flexibility and a willingness to learn from experience which we considerable desirable traits, particularly in the President of the United States.
At the same time, Senator Obama has been reluctant to admit that The Surge has succeeded. What praise he has allowed the strategy has been qualified by atypically awkward attempts to define other considerations which have to be taken into account.
So what’s the harm in admitting something so reasonable as that, while you adamantly opposed The Surge when it was first advocated, in retrospect you concede you were incorrect, and move on? We all know you were incorrect, and that Senator McCain was right. To paraphrase your own words today, “Do you think the American people are stupid?” So you were wrong. It happens.
The fact is, I don’t believe in the concept of a President, particularly one with your meager experience, who never makes a mistake. And I certainly don’t want to vote for a candidate who can’t admit it when he does.