Remember in 2008, when Barack Obama starting making headway and everyone shouted from the rooftops that he was too young, too inexperienced, too green? I’m not sure if that was the argument because people actually believed it or if they had grown too concerned with appearing ‘racist’ in an election cycle that was a constant racial attack from the Left. Either way, it left me cringing when some of our GOP counterparts rose through the ranks over the last few years and we went far beyond overlooking it.
In fact, I am currently wondering why we are not relieving that right now. Consider the announced GOP field as of today:
- Marco Rubio
- Ted Cruz
- Rand Paul
The were all elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010, meaning, they are just wrapping up their first term. Neither Paul nor Cruz had served in public office before, something I personally believe should happen before being elected as a U.S. Senator (or President) and my belief is that we simply ‘lucked out’ with them. But I digress.
If you consider their political resumes, Barack Obama’s is technically more diverse.
Carly Fiorna and Dr. Ben Carson also have legitimate supporters and encouragement to run. Neither of them have served a day in public office before. There are people that love that about them.
Then, there are gubernatorial candidates who have only served a little over 4 years in office. And serving as a Governor presents different experiences. Walker, Jeb Bush, Christie, Jindal and all the others bring very different backgrounds to the table.
So how much experience is enough experience? The arguments of executive branch picks versus otherwise are abundant. The number of years they have served…too much versus not enough. The reasons are endless.
In our own state, we saw last fall that ‘absolutely none’ was a level of experience many Republicans wanted to see in their elected officials with the election of Senator David Perdue and Congressmen Jody Hice (GA-10) and Rick Allen (GA-12). Whether that works for us still remains to be seen, but we won’t know unless we test it.
Regardless of what you believe about these Presidential candidates (or soon-to-be candidates) ability to win, their supporters, their fundraising tactics, and their match-up against Hillary, you still have to admit it: They’re all green in some capacity. None of them have ever served as President of the United States before.
Our country continues to evolve. The challenges we face will continue to evolve as well, and with that, so will the electorate as we decide who can best arrange the deck chairs on this already sinking ship.
My question is this: Is there a trend toward newbies or are we just hypocrites? Is it now politically expedient to support these greenies or were we wrong before? I’m okay with either, but we should probably be prepared to message that when things heat up.
I am not supporting any candidate yet. But I did like what Dr. Carson said about choosing candidates who have been in politics for a long time.
“If you want the will of the government, yes, you need people who spend their whole lives in politics.” Ben Carson
Perhaps we need some candidates who haven’t been tainted by Washington. Maybe we need candidates who have been in politics long enough to know how it works, but not long enough so their values and principals have been diminished by power.
I don’t see the experience question so narrowly. Yes, comparing the political experience of the current GOP candidates to President Obama then you find similar results. However, let’s take one of the fringe candidates, Carly Fiorina as an example. The role of President is one of leadership. The role of CEO, while not an elected office, is a role of leadership. There is a great deal of overlapping experience between the two fields. Arguably, working in the medical field (such as Rand Paul and Ben Carson have done) can provide greater life experience than teaching some college classes and organizing people for/against issues. If we continue to embrace the narrative that life begins at election then we will continue to have “public servants” who spend their whole lives doing nothing but climbing from one elected position to the next. The idea that they never have (and never have to) exist in the same world as the rest of us creats a chasim between career politicians and the people they are supposed to represent. Thus, I encourage people to look beyond the political experience and include real world experience in their assessments.
Ideally, candidates would have (a little) more experience, but the main thing is political ideology, and in Ted Cruz you actually have the chance to vote for someone who holds the right beliefs on almost every issue which is rare–and worth voting for.
His pre-senatorial background is also pretty solid, as a Solicitor-General, with extensive mastery of the law dating back to Hahvad.
Ted Cruz’ speaking style is a little too earnest, which I would change if I could, but I cant so I’ll just vote for him. And, it’s not that big of a deal, and will improve with campaign feedback over time.
Our answer to fib-er-als who point out Cruz is as new to the Senate as Obama was is: is ya but you did it so we can too. And then they can call us hypocrites cuz we ran him, and then we can call them hypocrites cuz they’re complaining about Cruz being too new, when they ran Obama. And on and on. Basically a draw on that issue.
Experience is very important but character and integrity trump all else. An experienced crook is just a more effective crook. If I find character and integrity I will consider them and look for intelligence and experience and hopefully select the best I have to choose from. Carson wins in the character and integrity and probably intelligence category for me but, though Walker is behind there his experience, track record and ability to stand in a battle for his life make me lean heavily toward him. I thing highly of Cruz but he lags Carson on the character/intelligence front and lags Walker on the experience front and although he has proven himself very tough taking incoming arrows he hasn’t shown he can win the fight like Walker has. Sadly, I was very disappointed in Cruz when he addressed the Middle East conference of Christians gathered to draw attention to the genocide being committed by Muslims against Christians and chastised them for being anti semitic. It was true of some of them but it was so far from the point of the crisis that united them and us. He is just not mature enough yet.