posted on Jun, 27 2008 @ 07:02 AM
For my part, I really couldn't care less about a politician's time in state-level politics. Foreign/national defense policy experience is the #1
factor I look for in a presidential candidate and while its not necessarily make-or-break, it is extremely important. I wouldn't expect a state
senator to get much experience in that category whatsoever.
As far as domestic policy is concerned, yes, it is somewhat relevant, but at the same time, I know little of the internal political bickerings
of the state of Illinois (except for Chicago's rather unsavory reputation for corruption). Don't much care, either. National politics, with
all of its diverse groups and interests, is an entirely different ballgame compared to keeping a relatively small group of like-minded constituents
placated in a single state. I *do* tend to give more credence to the experience of a governor, simply because the experience in the executive
branch seems more applicable to the highest position in the land, at least to me. Your mileage may vary.
You can place whatever value on his time in the Illinois state senate that you wish. One thing I can tell you: If Obama's political leanings tend
to be in line with your own, you're going to be much more likely to overlook the experience aspect. The further your views deviate from his,
the less likely it becomes that you'll give him a free pass. I think we all agree with that.
I have similar misgivings about some of the VP candidates being mentioned over on the Republican side. Bobby Jindal and Sarah Palin are both
conservative governors that I like a lot, but I would, at this time, consider both to be lacking the experience to be president or VP. But going
back to my last paragraph, yes, I would be more likely to forgive that lack of experience, simply because I agree with their overall political
In the end, its all a matter of perception, largely based on political ideology, the aspects of the job that each individual voter considers to
be important, and whether the experience that a candidate does have properly prepares him for the position he/she seeks. In this case, as
indicated above, I do not believe that time as a state senator is particularly beneficial to a candidate running for president of the United States.
[edit on 27-6-2008 by vor78]