Obama statement from 2004 campaign now in YouTube ad.--

Althouse points to a pro-McCain YouTube ad up on Hot Air that she calls "devastating."

It ends with a clip from Barack Obama's 2004 campaign for the Senate:

You know, I am a believer in knowing what you're doing when you apply for a job. And I think that if I were to seriously consider running on a national ticket, I would essentially have to start now, before having served a day in the Senate. Now there's some people who might be comfortable doing that, but I am not one of those people.

What makes this clip so much more powerful than the ones of Hillary Clinton or Chris Dodd criticizing Obama during the 2008 primaries is that Clinton and Dodd are in part posturing for political advantage, while Obama in 2004 is simply saying what he believes about himself at the time.

Althouse begs for a similarly powerful pro-Obama ad.