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Michelle: Moral Compass Beats Experience

From the DNC’s Washington Post:

Michelle Obama, wife of Democratic presidential hopeful, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, campaigns for her husband at a town-hall style meeting in Bedford, N.H., Monday, May 7, 2007.

Wife Touts Obama’s ‘Moral Compass’

By Politics
Tuesday, May 8, 2007; A03

WINDHAM, N.H., May 7 Michelle Obama, making an early campaign foray for her husband in the state with the nation’s first presidential primary, praised her husband Monday for having a “moral compass” and contended that quality counts more than the “experience” on which many of his Democratic rivals are basing their campaigns.

Challengers have pointed to the relative inexperience of the senator from Illinois in national politics as a liability in his bid for the White House, and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) has attempted to undercut her main opponent by stressing her years in Washington. But Michelle Obama, a Harvard-educated lawyer who works in a management position at the University of Chicago Hospitals, said her husband has a more rounded résumé.

“I know that experience is important, right? But experience without the sort of moral compass is not enough,” she said at a house party not far from Manchester, where she also appeared on Monday. “And it’s not just enough to check off a bunch of boxes and say, ‘I’ve spent so many years in Washington,’ because Barack has those experiences. He doesn’t have the checked-box experiences, but he has experience that makes a difference.”

Michelle Obama used a similar line — a variation on one popularized by Obama aides in recent months — at a stop in Bedford, where she told several dozen voters that she and her husband had tried to be transparent because it is important for the public to see every aspect of a candidate.

“If we don’t know who people are inside, if we don’t trust their instincts and understand where they’re coming from, then we can’t follow them, which is why we’ve tried to be so open and clear about who we are and how we think,” she said.

Despite heightened security for the Obamas — the Secret Service assigned them a detail last week, the earliest a presidential candidate has been given added security — Michelle Obama promised that voters will see their two young daughters on the campaign trail.

She also said she campaigns “not just as a surrogate messenger but also as a surrogate ear.”

“I view these trips as an opportunity for me to get a better sense of what’s happening on the ground,” she said. She took no questions during the day, instead circulating in the crowd and talking to voters one by one.

All this may be so. But what evidence do we have that Mr. Obama has a moral compass, let alone a finely calibrated one?

Mr. Obama was a drug user as a youth. He is a lawyer. He has never held an honest job.

In his first job he worked for one of the most corrupt and socialist organizations in the country, ACORN.

Obama only rose to political prominence by being a bagman for Bill Clinton in the notoriously corrupt Chicago wards.

He only got elected to the Senate by one of the dirtiest tricks in the dirty history of US politics. The unprecedented publishing of the lurid divorce records of his popular Republican opponent.

He has regularly lied about his biography, his church and his personal history.

Lastly, Mr. Obama claims he was inspired to get into politics by his political and spiritual mentor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, who is an ultra-left, America-hating racist crackpot. (To put it kindly.)

So what evidence do we have of him being so moral?

Because he is “clean and articulate”?

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