“Suppose you had to choose between two Presidential candidates, one of whom had spent 20 years in Congress plus had considerable other relevant experience and the other of whom had about half a dozen years in the Illinois state legislature and 2 years in Congress. Which one do you think would make a better President? If you chose #1, congratulations, you picked James Buchanan over Abraham Lincoln.”
Likewise, of course, if Hillary Clinton really believed her “experience counts” mantra, she needs to explain why she voted for her husband over George HW Bush back in ’92. Bush, after all, had a huge amount of experience on the national political level (including, of course, four years as president), while Bill Clinton had none, save for losing a House election in 1974. All his experience was on the state level, as was Obama’s up until his election in the Senate. Basically if Clinton wants to suggest that Obama’s not ready for the 3am phone call, she should explain why she felt her husband was, back in ’92. Has anyone asked her about this? I’m not aware of anyone having done so. I would be interested in the answer she gives.