In what is meant to be a closer for his candidacy, Barack
Obama went deep…. and dumb
. You know, like Axelrod blaming Clinton
for Bhutto’s assassination dumb. Unless, of course, you think playing the sexism
card is a way to run for president in the 21st century.

Barack Obama insists his experiences traveling and having family living overseas brings more to the table than, let’s say, the job of a former first lady.

“It’s that experience, that understanding, not just of what
world leaders I went and talked to in the ambassadors house I had tea with,
but understanding the lives of the people like my grandmother who lives in
a tiny hut in Africa,” Obama, D-Ill., told a crowd of would-be voters
in Coralville, Iowa, on Friday.

Obama’s Cup of Tea

Excuse me?

Mr. Obama is running against the first viable female candidate for president
in U.S. history, a fellow Democrat who also happened to be first lady, and what
does he say? That all Clinton’s been doing for the last four decades, the only
experience she really has is having tea with dignitaries. After all, we have
to keep the little woman busy, now don’t we. Never mind that this woman
has been serving this country for years, has traveled around the world giving
speeches and impacting the lives of women, including in China, you know, going to places Barack has only read about in books, that is when
he wasn’t voting “present” in the Illinois state senate,
or ducking votes in the U.S. Senate.

Oh, and tell me again what experience Mr. Obama is offering? You know, besides
that 2002 speech
on Iraq, which is so, well, five years ago.

The wheels are coming off the Little Hope Wagon, baby, and it isn’t pretty.

UPDATE II: See the The Caucus” in New York Times.

UPDATE: Via CNN, which reader Piper also mentions in the comments:

“Sen. Clinton has been in refugee camps, clinics, orphanages, and villages all around the world, including places where tea is not the usual drink,” said Albright. “In addition to these experiences she has met with world leaders and has known many of them for years. I have been with her on many of these occasions, and it is this combination of experience and understanding that sets her apart from the field, and why I am supporting her for President.”