Why Experience Matters

From NYT columnist David Brooks’:

Sarah Palin has many virtues. If you wanted someone to destroy a corrupt establishment, she’d be your woman. But the constructive act of governance is another matter. She has not been engaged in national issues, does not have a repertoire of historic patterns and, like President Bush, she seems to compensate for her lack of experience with brashness and excessive decisiveness.

Read the entire column here.


4 thoughts on “Why Experience Matters

  1. And I am sure that you actually believe that Senator Obama has more experience as it relates to being the Commander in Chief. His record says otherwise, and his lack of action (the “present” votes”) also reinforce his shortcoming. I just don’t think it is fair for the pot to call the kettle black.

    Another discrepancy is that the ones who want a fresh face of “change” in Washington are also the ones that complain those same candidates don’t have nescessary experience. You can only have it both ways to a certain extent.

  2. Mark,

    I do believe that Obama has shown more “engagement” in foreign policy issues than Palin, but obviously he cannot claim to have as much experience as McCain. I believe experience is very important but I also believe that sound, wise judgement trumps experience. When I line up McCain’s foreign policy positions to Obama’s, I find much more to be in favor of in Obama’s approach.

    As far as experience being an issue in the campaign, McCain made it his central issue…..until he picked Palin. I don’t begrudge Palin personally for her lack of experience. I begrudge McCain for saying one thing, then doing the other. And I can cite many highly respected conservative thinkers that share the same view. As for comparing Palin and Obama in regards to experience, that’s tough because they both don’t have much. But Obama has shown competence in talking about the issues and articulating a foreign policy philosophy while Palin hasn’t. Again, not her fault, but I feel it’s a distinction worth acknowledging.

  3. I have to say if I had a choice between two candidates with equal “experience”, I would have to go with the (Harvard trained)Constitutional lawyer over someone with a journalism degree(from 4 or 5 relatively little known schools). It would be refreshing to have someone familiar with the founding document for a change!!

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