Experience Matters

The McCain campaign has one of the most effective campaign ads I’ve ever seen. On the day of Sen. Obama’s acceptance speech, the McCain campaign offers this reminder that despite the Senator’s historic rise, he is simply not prepared to lead this country in a time of great challenges:

Obama’s own words serve as a reminder that the Presidency is not a time for on-the-job training, especially not now. Obama’s instincts are wrong. He was wrong on the surge. His instincts were wrong on Georgia. He made key blunders in threatening Pakistan with a U.S. invasion. He can give a compelling speech, but compelling speeches won’t be enough to safeguard Ukraine from Russian interference. Compelling speeches will not stabilize the fragile situation in Pakistan. Compelling speeches will not win the battle against the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Actions speak louder than words, and had the U.S. followed Sen. Obama’s advice, Iraq would not be stabilizing, we would have shown Russia a sign of great weakness, and our foreign policy would return to the fecklessness of the Carter years.

Obama has neither the experience nor the instincts to lead. Sen. McCain has both. Sen. Obama deserves congratulations for breaking a historic record and achieving much. What he does not deserve is to be the Commander-in-Chief of this great nation.

UPDATE: Ann Althouse says this ad is “devastating”—it is.