The Obvious Verdict On The 3 AM Phone Call

by John Hawkins | March 6, 2008 5:49 pm

From The Caucus[1],

As Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton prepares for an afternoon news conference here in Washington, where she is to be surrounded by “military officers,” her campaign has put up a YouTube moment that you can bet will be replayed over and over.

In it, Susan Rice, a foreign policy adviser to Senator Barack Obama, discusses the foreign policy credentials of both Democrats against the tableau of Mrs. Clinton’s 3 a.m. phone call advertisement about who would be best prepared for an international crisis. (While your children are safely asleep.)

“Clinton hasn’t had to answer the phone at three o’clock in the morning and yet she attacked Barack Obama for not being ready,” Ms. Rice said. “They’re both not ready to have that 3 a.m. phone call.”

Hillary keeps emphasizing her “experience,” but the reality is that both Hillary and Barack are wet behind-the-ears and unready to deal with a serious crisis.

Now, John McCain? There are a lot of negative things you can say about the man, but he has been in the Senate for a long time, he has been in combat, and he spent five years in a Vietcong prisoner of war camp.

So, Obama and Clinton may not be ready to deal with a huge international crisis at 3 a.m., but for John McCain, it probably wouldn’t even rate as one of the 30 or 40 toughest situations he has faced in his life.

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