Sunday, May 29, 2011

Recommended Reading

One of the most oft-deployed, easily dispatched lines of attack against Barack Obama during the '08 presidential campaign was his supposed lack of "executive experience" because he'd never led a local government (never mind that John McCain hadn't either). Even Sarah Palin, they argued, had more executive experience than Obama (and, of course, we all know how that story ended). With the 2012 elections bearing down on us, I've been saying for awhile that the whole "executive experience" thing holds even less water than it used to, because Obama now has three years as Leader of the Free World to put on his resume, something I'm fairly certain none of his challengers can lay claim to. This is why Steve Benen finds presumed (not that "presumed" means very much this far out) Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney's decision to lay into Obama on the "experience" track puzzling, to say the least.

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