It Matters, Until It Doesn’t

Experience–it ain’t what it used to be. Great column from Steve Chapman in the Trib:

At the Republican convention, Rudy Giuliani lamented that Obama has “never run a city, never run a state, never run a business”—unlike Palin, who was a mayor before becoming governor of Alaska two years ago. Giuliani didn’t mention what he said when he was running against McCain: “He has never run a city, never run a state, never run a government.”

(Obama) has spent more time in elected posts than Hillary Clinton, and no one doubted her credentials. When he ran in 2000, Bush himself had spent only half as much time in elective office as Obama has.

The Democratic nominee’s other jobs, such as teaching constitutional law, look like better training than, say, helping to run a baseball team. As for McCain’s 26 years on Capitol Hill, wasn’t it Republicans who used to say there was such a thing as being in Washington too long?

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