Talking about value of work this week: What about the Republican “experience factor”?

McCain had his turn last night, accepting the Republican Party’s nomination
and delivering his speech from a stage reconfigured “town-hall-style” to show his desire to interact with fellow citizens.
do you think he did? Did he manage to take the “high road”
built over the low one paved by the attack-speeches of Giuliani, Huckabee,
Thompson and even Palin? How well did he handle the inexperience
of his running mate?
is the theme this week on, but I didn’t anticipate that
work—specifically political work experience and the lack of it—would
become such a hot issue. After weeks of attack ads aimed at Obama’s
limited political work experience (the theme of August 11 to 15 on
), McCain picks a partner with, well, limited political
work experience.
call it the “inexperience factor.” This factor elicited many
comments from our readers:

“Mr. McCain clearly picked someone who would be controversial and
who would bring excitement to the campaign, not someone who could bring
something to the job.”

“Sarah Palin for Vice President is definitely a hot item. I am somewhat
concerned about her inexperience. Having said that, I still think she
would make a dynamite contribution to the office. Why? Because she has
grit, determination, backbone, and heart.”

“I’ve lived the life of a career Mom and and stay-at-home Mom, and
I see big pros and cons of both … I admire Sarah Palin for building
an exciting political career with five children, and I don’t judge her
for ‘neglecting’ her kids. The question completely depends on quality
of child care, relationships, etc… Still, as the news continues to
roll out, I can’t help but wonder. Would I accept the VP offer if I
had a 4 month old baby and a grandchild on the way?”

“I think it shows utter contempt for the American people. McCain goes
on and on about experience this and national security that, and then
he turns around and names a VP candidate who is astonishingly unprepared
to assume the most powerful position in the world.”

reminds us that one president considered to be among the best—Harry
Truman—was a haberdasher before he became vice president under FDR.
(True, but I’ll add that between being a haberdasher and VP, give-‘em-hell
Harry was a U.S. Senator for 10 years.)

inexperience factor strikes a resonant chord in American culture, a
chord of many notes: populism, egalitarianism, anti-elitism, anti-establishment,
anti-government. In some ways, it’s emblematic of the American
dream—from humble beginnings to national prominence without losing
touch with the common person.
it certainly makes for good political theatre. How do you think
this drama will play out?

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