In and outs of the political campaigns, focusing on Michigan and Lansing, Tim Skubick will report regularly throughout the primary and then general election campaigns.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
The Experience Card
If you blinked your eyes on Wednesday, you missed the POTUS. The President of the United States landed about 4:10 pm and it was wheels up on Airforce One about three hours later. In-between he raised a nifty $700,000 for the Michigan GOP and got in a few plugs for John McCain. But one of the plugs went in the wrong socket. President Bush told the 300 or so party faithful that John McCain has the experience to run the country. "In trying times we need a president who has been tested…we need a Commander in Chief who understands we need to defeat the enemy overseas so we don't have to fight him here…" Playing the experience card was a waste of time. Hillary Clinton tried that against Barack Obama and you see where it got her. "I have 35 years experience," she lectured voters. "I'm ready to be Commander in Chief on day one." Yep, she had the experience but he got the nomination. Put more bluntly, experience in this presidential race does not mean squat. Democrats and independent voters had a chance to vote for experience in the battle between Clinton and Obama but they chose change instead. So where does that leave McCain? That's a question he and his troops should figure out before what happened to the Hill, happens to him.