Politics

Judgment and Inspiration Trump Experience

Judgement matters.

Who would you rather have as President:

1. Someone who has a better and longer resume, but has consistently gotten the big things wrong?

2. Someone with a shallower resume, but who has shown good judgement on the big issues?

It’s fair game of course for Hillary to tout her experience. But Obama can rightly point out that she got the two biggest things in her public life dead wrong: her management of the health care initiative in 1993 (something significant could have been passed, it was largely her fault it didn’t happen); and her vote on the Iraq war resolution.

Inspiration (i.e., "words") matters.

Who would you rather have as President:

1. Someone who has a better and longer resume, but who fails to inspire most people to support a progressive agenda, and is actively despised by a significant majority?

2. Someone who has a shorter resume, but inspires a broad cross-section of the country — not just Democrats, but also many Republicans and Independents — and who could build a durable governing majority to support progressive policies?

It’s funny, in many ways the campaign Hillary is running against Barack reminds me of George H. W. Bush’s campaign against Bill Clinton, where he railed about Clinton’s relative lack of experience and reliance on his charisma.

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