The past few weeks have not been kind to Barack Obama. He’s still reeling from his disastrous Saddleback performance and has seen his former double-digit polling lead on rival John McCain evaporate into a five-point deficit.

Say what you want about John McCain, but he’s been landing some pretty solid hits the Dali-Bama lately. Underneath the PR blitz is the unmistakable foundational theme: Barack Obama is not ready to lead America. That theme is starting to resonate with America because it has the added value of being true.

There are many ways Obama could choose to refute the various attacks being leveled at him from several sources. Obama showed his inability to establish a coherent train of off-prompter thought during Pastor Warren’s interview, so the open press conference isn’t really an option. His press-room’s attempt at line-by-line refutation of Corsi’s attack book has been less than stellar.

Well, it looks like Obama has looked to recent history as to how to best answer the attacks that come with any run for the Oval Office. Evidently Obama has consulted with Massachusetts’ Junior Senator and Presidential Loser John “Lurch” Kerry and decided to take Lurch’s same strategy employed during the 2004 Race for the Oval.

 In other words, Obama is going to whine and claim his opponent is attacking his “patriotism” – even though the basis for such whining is as ethereal as Obama’s presidential resume. Here’s Obama’s opening salvo in what has been describe as “feisty campaigning“:

These are the judgments I’ve made and the policies that we have to debate, because we do have differences in this election. One of the things that we have to change in this country is the idea that people can’t disagree without challenging each other’s character and patriotism. I have never suggested that Sen. McCain picks his positions on national security based on politics or personal ambition. I have not suggested it because I believe that he genuinely wants to serve America’s national interest. Now, it’s time for him to acknowledge that I want to do the same.

The latter half of Lurch’s failed bid for the Oval was highlighted by his constant whining about alleged attacks on his “patriotism”. He spent a good chunk of his convention speech whining about it. As evidenced by the 2004 election results, Lurch’s whining strategy was not successful. Obama has co-opted this same strategy – the results of which are as yet undetermined.

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Obama reminds me of an offensive lineman in a long ago played high school football game. Said lineman spent the entire first half of the game whining to the referee about being held, clipped, spat-upon, and other indignities common to the interior line. Midway through the third-quarter the referee pulled the offensive lineman aside and told him that he wasn’t “suffering”. The other players weren’t cheap-shotting him – they were, in the words of the ref, “kicking your [insert descriptive term for hindquarters here]”.

Here’s the basis from which spring Obama’s claims that McCain is “questioning his patriotism – from McCain’s VFW speech this week:

Thanks to the courage and sacrifice of our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines and to brave Iraqi fighters the surge has succeeded. And yet Senator Obama still cannot quite bring himself to admit his own failure in judgment. Nor has he been willing to heed the guidance of General Petraeus, or to listen to our troops on the ground when they say — as they have said to me on my trips to Iraq: “Let us win, just let us win.” Instead, Senator Obama commits the greater error of insisting that even in hindsight, he would oppose the surge. Even in retrospect, he would choose the path of retreat and failure for America over the path of success and victory. In short, both candidates in this election pledge to end this war and bring our troops home. The great difference is that I intend to win it first.

Behind all of these claims and positions by Senator Obama lies the ambition to be president. What’s less apparent is the judgment to be commander in chief. And in matters of national security, good judgment will be at a premium in the term of the next president — as we were all reminded ten days ago by events in the nation of Georgia.

In short, Senator Obama, your opponent is not questioning your patriotism. He’s questioning this omniscient judgment you claim to have. By all available information, that powerful judgment is, at best, lacking. You may think John McCain “doesn’t know what he’s up against”, but I’m pretty sure you have no idea what you’re up against.

Perhaps Obama should give this guy a shot at being his press secretary. At least he employs the proper pitch for Team Obama’s message. (Warning – gratuitous profanity).

*Diagram credit to Jessica Hagy at Indexed.

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