How Obama Can Trump the Experience Card

With judgment, that's how, says Slate
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Jul 30, 2007 5:08 PM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., speaks during a gathering of potential supporters, Friday, July 27, 2007, on a farm in Adel, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The root of last week's Obama/Clinton spat, writes John Dickerson in Slate, is the Achilles heel of the Obama campaign: She trounces him in experience. Standing next to her seems to make hiim look callow, and she used the opportunity to rub it in. Only 30% of Americans think his experience qualifies him to be president, versus more than 70% for her. 

But unlike many who see the Clinton nomination as inevitable, Dickerson thinks Obama has a chance.  By emphasizing his "no" vote on Iraq, Obama is saying that, credentials notwithstanding, he has better judgment. And his post-debate brawl with Clinton may be the best thing going for him, proving that he can be combative and self-assured despite her superior bona fides.