Guest Column by Pete in Williamsburg
In December 2007, Bill Clinton said "When is the last time we elected a president based on one year of service in the Senate before he started running?" It's a legitimate question. However, does that kind of specific experience matter?
Hillary Clinton has seven years as a US Senator plus a slew of various commissions and public service endeavors. Does that public service background make her more qualified? What if a candidate never served in public office but instead founded a business that employs thousands? What if a candidate was a popular media pundit but had never served in an elected office? Could such a person be an effective president? I believe the answer is yes.
I support Barack Obama. Governor Kaine's endorsement had some influence on me. Mostly, I like his message of unity. Bipartisanship is barely a punchline these days. A few candidates will say it, but I believe Obama is the only one who means it. And, I'm beginning to think he's the only one who could actually achieve it.
Whenever I hear the suggestion that Obama does not have enough experience, I would ask you to think of it this way:
If the country called on you, fellow blog-reader, to take over as president beginning noon tomorrow, could you do it?
You're reading this blog so you probably follow current events and have a modicum of intellectual curiosity. You don't know how to route a bill through a congressional subcommittee, but can't you learn that on the job?
I think you could.