The Role of Experience

With the nomination of a relative newcomer to national politics, ColoradoPols, along with just about everyone else in the nation has pretty much hopped onto the “experience” bandwagon.  How much does experience in politics affect a person in the role of an executive?

I thought I’d write this diary up about past presidents and their “experience.”  See if you can guess which president had which experience.

1. 12 years in Congress, 12 years in Senate and 2 years as VP.

2. 7 years in Senate, 6 months as Governor, 2 years as Secretary of State, 4 years as VP

3. 7 years as Secretary of Commerce

4. 2 years in Congress

5. 4 years as Governor, 5 years in Senate, 1 month VP

6. 8 years as Governor

7. 5 years as Governor

8. 8 months Senate President, 9 years in Senate, 2 years as Governor, 1 month as VP

9. 3 years in Congress, 3 years in Senate, 8 years as VP

While I agree that having a previous record allows the public to get to know how you will vote or have voted, it is not an indicator of how well you wield executive power.  Management of people can be done incredibly bad by very bright people.  Intelligence has not been a good indicator of how well a person can lead.  Neither is mere charisma for that matter.  The situations that the President of the United States will have to deal with are such that no job can prepare you for it.  Can some people cope with the pressures and the responsibilities better than others? Of course, not all of our Presidents have been gems, but we do not always know that til they get there.  So instead of harping on how well does Alaska compare to a community organizer, or is senate experience somehow more valuable than municipal experience, how about instead we get back to what we are good at, nitpicking their policy speeches.

Want to know who you thought would do well based on experience alone?

1. Lyndon Johnson

2. Martin Van Buren

3. Herbert Hoover

4. Abraham Lincoln

5. Andrew Johnson

6. Ronald Reagan

7. George W. Bush

8. John Tyler

9. Richard Nixon

2 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. redstateblues says:

    ever dream of leading the Union in this crucial period in history? What if a war breaks out between the states? What if the South secedes?

    I’m voting Breckenridge. Country first.

    • themonk77 says:

      Its amazing how selective memory allows for certain types of experience to count, while others do not.  From both sides.  I’ve been reading a book on leadership and one thing that the author really seems to stress in the early chapters, its not the position, but the person and the steps they’ve taken to be prepared to handle those around them.  

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