In our long and storied history, the American voter has shunned electing sitting Senators directly to the presidency. The last former Senator to serve was Richard Nixon, who gave us Watergate and paved the way for Jimmy Carter. Before that we had Lyndon B. Johnson, former Senate majority leader. Johnson’s Guns and Butter policy waged two wars, the War in Vietnam and the War on Poverty. We lost both.
The last President to come directly from the Senate was John F. Kennedy. He was young, and charsmatic, to mean young, naive and stupid. Kennedy’s naivetÃ© led directly to the Cuban Missile Crisis . Two things about the Cuban Missile Crisis. One is was utterly avoidable. Two, we were lucky to have survived it. We put a raw naive Senator in the Presidency, and darned near committed national suicide.
Then when compared to Barack Obama, Kennedy looks like a genius in comparison. Kennedy had at least made a show of studying foreign policy The only think BO has appeared to have studied, but not very well, is Marxim. In face of this history, the Strutting Delaware Blue Hen, a/k/a Joe Biden, is reported to have said, William Kristol, Weekly Standard :
It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking…. Watch, we’re gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy….
I can give you at least four or five scenarios from where it might originate… And he’s gonna need help. And the kind of help he’s gonna need is, he’s gonna need you – not financially to help him – we’re gonna need you to use your influence, your influence within the community, to stand with him. Because it’s not gonna be apparent initially, it’s not gonna be apparent that we’re right.
Oh those live microphones Joe. I agree with the Strutting Hen that Obama will be tested and within six month. I disagree that Obama’s response will be brillant. If there is anything apparent about Obama it is that he has never had a brillant thought in his life. BO’s decision making process, such as it is, is driven not by analysis but rather by dogma, socialist dogma at that.
No sane American wants to face a Twenty First Century version of the Cubam Missile Crisis with a weak and naive President. It is a sure thing that whatever instinctive reaction Obama might have, it will be wrong.
AS for the other canidate, that old guy, anybody who has made carrier landings at night has been tested by crisis.
The Saracuda fleshs out the Strutting Hen’s scenarios. View the video here . My bet is that Camp Obama is most worried about Scenario Five. Takers?