Just when the Obama campaign was preparing to set cruise control for landslide victory Nov. 4, its own VP nominee Joe Biden told a rally that his running mate will be specifically targeted and tested by international forces with a "generated" crisis.
So now America has that problem facing it in the new year along with a deepening recession.
Biden probably was speaking the truth, as far as that can be said for any politician when he or she moves their lips. And now he has reinforced concerns of voters about Obama's capacity to handle an international or terrorist crisis with his inexperience.
McCain's campaign has been given a new issue which with to fight in the closing days. And it is towards his biggest strength. Gov. Sarah Palin is just now making an effective speech on the matter in Reno, NV. The ears of Biden and Obama must be stinging.
National security experience is Sen. John McCain's expertise, and that gives his supporters great comfort. And contrary to Secretary of State Colin Powell who endorsed Obama Sunday, McCain has successfully changed bad U.S. foreign policy and pushed a successful solution.
The GOP presidential nominee helped oust Secetary of Defense Donald Rumsfield and pushed the successful surge that has secured more parts of Baghdad. American and civilian deaths in Iraq have plummeted.
Powell was the No. 1 salesman for a pack of lies to the world about the need to invade Iraq. He has yet to formally apologize nor acknowledge that obvious truth in passages read to him by NBC's Tom Brokaw from Bob Woodward's book on the Bush administration failings -- "The War Within."
An Obama campaign official just on FOXNEWS to explain Biden's comments employed just as much lying spin as I have ever heard from the Bush administration. These people have no shame. They simply want to win first. Doing the right thing to address the concerns of the American voters does not motivate them.
Powell gained notoriety because he represented a black political figure who did not threaten many whites. Yet his resume does not even begin to approach that of Sen. McCain's. His endorsement is meaningless.
But Biden's statement is not. And it gives further cause to American voters to worry that Obama is the right choice to lead this nation.