posted on Jan, 4 2006 @ 05:17 PM
I have no idea who Ed Rendell is, nor what his political values are, and I might hate his guts if I did. But I'd vote for him blind over someone with
zero political experience. It's high time voters rid themselves of the idea actors and sportsfigures should have political careers which start at the
top, sans experience. It's a terrible idea, and always has been.
Mind you, I hated Ronald Reagan, but he was active in grass roots politics for some long time--initially as a Democrat, in fact--before he secured the
1966 Republican gubernatorial nomination (and election) at the age of 55 in California. He didn't just say, "I wanna be governor," like Laughable
Arnold did. And now we have Swann--admittedly a more intelligent man--doing the same?
I know we've always had leaders who were very stupid men from very, very, very rich families. And to keep this neutral, I'm not just talking about
you, Dubya. I'm also talking you, Teddy "Dipsomaniac" Kennedy, who has just as much trouble constructing complete, coherent sentences as Dubya does,
but somehow never gets slammed for it like Dubya does. But at least those people have grown up with politics in their blood, and like it or not,
we're never going to have an I.Q. test for political office.
I do think voters should recoginze a sort of implied experience requirement for political office. Swann hasn't got it, and he wants to start out VERY
BIG. Screw that. I'll take this Ed Rendell, whoever he is, or any other properly qualified, experienced candidate, over Swann. As one who is
suffering through Arnold, I can tell you we don't need any more famous people who decided it would be fun to be a figurehead politician.