Thursday, February 21, 2008

The Importance Of Being Experienced

“Nothing, however, will assuage Clinton supporters' sense of injustice if the upstart Obama supplants her. Their, and her, sense of entitlement is encapsulated in her constant invocations of her “35 years” of “experience.” Well.

“She is 60. She left Yale Law School at age 25. Evidently she considers everything she has done since school, from her years at Little Rock's Rose law firm to her good fortune with cattle futures, as presidentially relevant experience.

“The president who came to office with the most glittering array of experiences had served 10 years in the House of Representatives, then became minister to Russia, then served 10 years in the Senate, then four years as secretary of state (during a war that enlarged the nation by 33 percent), then was minister to Britain. Then, in 1856, James Buchanan was elected president and in just one term secured a strong claim to the rank as America's worst president. Abraham Lincoln, the inexperienced former one-term congressman, had an easy act to follow.”

—George Will, Playing the ‘Fair’ Card

1 comment:

Celera said...

It sounds like George dislikes Hillary a lot more than I do -- but I think he's right about the "experience" thing. Being a lawyer in private practice, and being the First Lady of a state and a nation, are not very convincing as a resume for a president.

With her plagiarism accusation the other day -- she is starting to seem a bit churlish and desperate.