August 28th, 2008
12:06 PM ET

Wasn't ready then, isn't ready now

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Leslie Sanchez | Bio
CNN Political Contributor
Republican Strategist

Once again, the Democrats shoot themselves in the foot. In a half-baked effort to establish “unity” within their own ranks, they haul out Bill and Hillary Clinton – probably the only two people in politics who can, by their mere presence, unite Republicans.

Bill Clinton gave a slick speech tonight. His wife couldn’t bring herself to say that Barack Obama is ready to be President, so Bill overcompensated: he said “ready” so much, you’d think he was trying to convince himself.

But with Bill Clinton, the question always is, “is he lying now, or was he lying before?” All through the Primaries, Bill went around the country telling everybody who’d listen that Obama is ill-prepared for the White House. Which is it then?

I especially liked the point in the speech when Clinton recalled how, in his 1992 run, his opponents charged that he was too inexperienced for the nation’s highest office.

They were right. Bill’s first two years in office were such a disaster – careening from crisis to crisis – that by 1994, Americans were so disgusted that they elected Republicans to a majority in both Houses of Congress for the first time in more than 4O years.

Bill Clinton wasn’t ready then, and Barack Obama is not ready now. America can’t go through another two years like we sustained while Bill Clinton was riding around with training wheels.

soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. Unreal NYC

    Jealousy will get you know where. I really don't understand why they have you on cnn. Are you paid to be negative? I thought a strategist was to be somewhat objective? You seem to never have a king word. God bless you

    August 29, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  2. JMS

    Ready to lead? Leslie, was Bush ready to lead when 9/11, Katrina, Tsunami, Fires in Calif., and so on and so on took place? What did he do to help those people? People are still suffering.

    August 29, 2008 at 11:57 am |
  3. JMS

    Leslie, isnt it time we stop asking if Barack Obama is ready to lead and has enough experience? If we never take a chance on him will we ever know? Your comments are so biased. You support the Republicans and Latinos but what has Republicans done for the "poor" Latino woman or man. You struggle with as many issues as other races and still you identify with one that does not identify with you. This country helps only those with wealth. You mentioned in your commentary that his speech was only worthy of a "C" b/c he seemed angry and said the same ol same ol as past Democrats and then you were childish in saying that the set looked like a cartoon. Do Republicans ever have anything positive, new or relative and current to say? Angry? Yes. Barack Obama should be angry and so should we Americans, Latinos, African-Americans, Whites, LGBT...whatever group you identify with.

    August 29, 2008 at 11:54 am |
  4. Mut Gava

    Until I read her bio I was wondering why such a dunce could end up with a commentator job. But its good and gives the inside workings of the Bush administration. With advice from the likes of Sanchez, no wonder the country is in such a crisis. A one track recording was pumped into her head and she can but only play that. Poor Sanchez, she knows no other. Now I understand and watch her for amusement.

    August 29, 2008 at 10:19 am |
  5. darrell


    Your article is as boring as you and John McCain. But what else to expect from two lame Republicans. Question. Why did you rate Obama a "C" when your other counterparts rated him in "A" for his superb speech? Please give us a break! Also, since you are so dedicated to your Republican party, please list at least one accomplishment the Republicans have made since Bush as been in office. By the way, a positive accomplishment not a string of negative ones.

    August 29, 2008 at 9:50 am |
  6. C.Ryan

    I often wonder, what makes a good strategist..well Mrs. Sanchez is the perfect description of one. Blind in one eye and can't see out of the other, she continues to make a mockery of American's by denying the obvious and painting a negative picture (that she only sees in her head) over all that is true. Give credit where it is due, you look like an idiot sometime because you refuse to recognize the obvious.

    August 29, 2008 at 5:54 am |
  7. Ken

    What is amazing is that democrats are so anxious to get someone back in the whitehouse that they put up the most liberal senator in the Senate as a candidate. They do not care about his past or his policies. He talks and they listen. Obama and a democratic congress will destroy this country. It will be worse than the Carter years. Obama knows he will be exposed in debates. That is why he ducks out of debates with McCain. Then he jumps on the stump and claims he looks forward to debating McCain. He and his handlers are scared to death of debating McCain. They have turned him down 12 times. He only wants to do a scripted debate. Obama loves to jump on the stump where he can say anything he wants and not answer to anyone. His party blindly follows him and the media coos over his every word. This is ridiculous.

    August 29, 2008 at 4:35 am |
  8. Tim Ohio

    I have 2 children in the military, myself and many others were in the military during the Carter years and have said never again. I did like Clinton for the economy but watched our soldiers being dragged through the Somolia streets, we don't forget. My grandfather and many others have fought and died for our country, we do not always like the battles but we do our part. We were disappointed with the armored vehichles in Iraq, not having proper plating and the sub par treatment of our wounded vets, this should never happen, but our soldiers are doing a tremendous job in a new type of battle and have adapted to the new urban style of war.
    Obama could not run his own convention properly, the newschannels looked silly trying to make this look like one big happy event, but anyone with a little common sence could see the mess. To be fair i didn't even watch the last night, the show was over. I'm sure the convention next week will not get this style of coverage, most Americans are not stupid, we get it. Somebody voted for Bush TWICE, now who was that?

    August 29, 2008 at 3:57 am |
  9. VGee

    Dennis, your questions are just different.

    August 29, 2008 at 3:10 am |
  10. Paul

    This is to Mark

    I have no problem with Barack Hussien Obama's middle name or Mitt Romney's status as a Morrmon.

    Only those who are xenophobic are scared of others who aren't like themselves.

    It's a big world, get used to it.

    August 29, 2008 at 2:50 am |
  11. Paul

    I'm not finding Leslie convincing.

    I don't think McCain has any more substance than Obama.

    I find McCains experience lackluster. He wasn't selected the nominee before and he's lucky now to get it.

    I think Obamas experience in organization and inspiring will do more than cranky old McCain who will be stubborn and secretive.

    I think McCain gets all his ideas from Libermann and needs to be reminded of his position constantly.

    I think John McCain overplays his POW status. I'm not sure if it's truely a benifit or liability, especially after seeing all the angry reactions to reporters. I don't want any international fist fights over honor or ego.

    I also think when one side is losing, the other side gets desperate. I feel the Republicans are reaching that point and now they are making up reasons to hate like Obama.

    I used to be republican but I just don't feel secure with McCain or the broken promises that the Repubican party that GW hyjacked in 2000.

    August 29, 2008 at 2:38 am |
  12. JT

    No experience is a big problem.

    The Clintons are being force to support Obama.

    August 29, 2008 at 2:25 am |
  13. Marcie O'Brien

    Your commentary has been consistently sophmoric, from Michelle Obama's dress to the trite political sayings. You are a waste of time. Perhaps you've done great things in the past, but during this convention I would characterize you as a political hack.

    August 29, 2008 at 1:45 am |
  14. Michelle

    Barak Obama is definatly ready to lead this country. Any one who listens to McCain should know he is not the right person for the job. He is a man that can only think about war and know nothing about the economy or the ealities of daily life. He doesn't even know how many houses he owns or what considered middle class. How can you elect a man who lacks compassion for average americans.

    August 29, 2008 at 1:33 am |
  15. E. F. Harris

    John McCain probably is a good man, however, the party he represents has plagued this nation with joblessness and homelessness. The gas prices is third on my list. Why would ANYONE elect a man who has been quoted saying that he thinks this economy is ok and that we are a country of whinners? McCain talks about the surge was successful. We should not even have been there in the first place. We were led into war on a lie! I want a president that uses war as a last result. There is nothing wrong with trying other avenues before you blast away. We were a well respected country and now because of this administration, we are looked at as arrogant bullies. Now you want me to take a chance and vote for another republican??? I have already lost my job and home. I don't think I can last 4 more minutes let alone 4 more months.

    August 29, 2008 at 1:32 am |
  16. Ron , Berkeley , Ca.

    Leslie Sanchez , would better serve her , tired looking out of touch old and devisive candidate for president John McBush, if she would just conjur up a spell , out her book of Spells and Potions .

    August 29, 2008 at 12:45 am |
  17. Tommy West Jr

    I do feel like we are stuck in some thing we as people don't know yet. but i can say i would rather have change but would like to see the best person who has been around about people. But so know how thing really work, he not been around to long i am from Georgia don't even have heard of him before. So i still will go with the GOP Party.

    Thank you,

    August 28, 2008 at 11:41 pm |
  18. Michael J. Arch

    Times change! and these are not the best years of the republican party . Passive on many critical fronts .... I live in the here and now and reality says the people are in dire straights ... You do not need to be a rocket scientist to see so many opportunities slipping out of the hands of average american's... And it has become so typical of the GOP republicans to focus more on other nations and not enough of the nation of people who elected them. ( last 4 decades ) Living in the past wont help the future . Learning from it will ... Micky mouse is ready to be president compared to what is there now .

    August 28, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
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