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Monday, February 23, 2004

Political Experience
Kevin Drum at Calpundit wonders how Bush became President with only 6 years of political experience.
Compare this to every other president since FDR. Here are the number of years of political experience each one had before he became president: 22, 23, 0, 14, 26, 18, 26, 14, 14, 22, 16.

With the specialized exception of Eisenhower, every single other president has had at least 14 years between first winning political office and becoming president. George Bush had six.
I don't think that lack of political experience should be a disqualifier for any office. In fact, I think that in many ways it is preferable to have someone with outside experience than having a bunch of career politicians running around trying to get re-elected and pandering to their interest groups. John Kerry has been around long enough that he is part of the problem. If he really had the answers don't you think maybe some of those stellar ideas would have precipitated something substantial? Can you think of anything? Besides going to Vietnam, what has he really accomplished? All that experience is crap. That's 35 years of not working in the real world. We really should have term limits.

At least Bush brought up Sammy Sosa and was shortsighted enough to let the Cubs have him. I'll take that as an accomplishment.

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