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    February 28, 2008

    The experience argument

    Posted by: Chris

    I'm not sure it would have made the difference, but Tom Bevan at Time's Real Clear Politics has offered a much more effective way that Hillary Clinton could have framed the experience argument against Barack Obama than her "Ready on Day One" sloganeering:

    Clinton should have been reminding voters over and over that just four short years ago Barack Obama was in the Illinois state legislature (voting present, no less) and now he's running to be the leader of the free world. Put in that context, the magnitude of the jump Obama is seeking to make suddenly gains perspective, and Clinton has voters pondering exactly the question she wants: wow, is he really ready for this?



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    1. Andoni on Feb 29, 2008 10:26:02 AM:

      This strategy falls feebly short if one considers the political career of Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln was a one term U.S. Congressman and a several term Illinois state legislator before he became president. Experienced? Not by Clinton's standard's. Good judgment with the traits of leadership to fit the times? You bet.

      One wonders what would have happened if Stephen A. Douglas, the more experienced candidate.....and therefore the one most married to the status quo and as a result the one less likely to challenge it, had won the presidency in 1860.

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