It is interesting that in spite of the attacks four years ago and since on Barrack Obama’s inexperience that Governor Romney gets a free pass in spite of having the least amount of relevant experience of any major party nominee since corporate lawyer Wendell Willkie in 1940. In making this judgment I rely on analysis of experience of all past presidents with special note of what set the top performing presidents apart from the less successful according to the three most recent polls of presidential historians (conducted by Siena College, C-SPAN and the University of London) developed as part of a larger research I am conducting. Those results highlight, in addition to total years of relevant experience, the following experience in declining order of significance: prior foreign or national security policy experience, total years as a legislator (state and national), years of senior Washington experience (executive and legislative) and having served as a governor.
Ohio is the birthplace of seven American presidents, second only to Virginia which has produced eight. And if one were to split hairs, you could argue that while William Henry Harrison was born in Charles County, Virginia he actually spent most of his life in Ohio.
Even when Ohio is not putting forth one of its native sons for election to our nation’s highest office, its Electoral College votes and its role as a “swing state” routinely place it at the center of the political world every four years—which is something we Ohioans are used to.
Are you better off now than you were four years ago?
It’s a question that we’ve heard a lot over the past several months. But when talking to people back home, it’s become clear that the real question is “Do you think your kids and grandkids will be better off than you are?”
Unfortunately, the answer is often “no”.
President Barack Obama campaigned in Florida this weekend and, by pure chance, we learned the Commander in Chief does not know how to use an iPhone. Reporters commented the president looked "befuddled" trying to make a simple call. Is this a big deal? Yes, and what it says about this President is eerily similar to what happened twenty years ago to another candidate seeking re-election to the nation's highest office.
I remember in 1996 when Bill Richardson, making the media rounds at that year’s Democratic National Convention, said the Latino vote would be key to reelecting Bill Clinton.
In 2008, I endorsed Mitt Romney for president during the Republican primary because I believed that he had the right experience and temperament to be a great leader of the party and of the country.
Now that the conventions are over, the general election begins in earnest. I believe that President Obama will win reelection in November; however, it might be interesting to examine competing scenarios for how each side could lose.
During the Democratic National Convention, Benita Veliz made history during her prime time appearance by being the first undocumented immigrant, or DREAMer, to speak before a national party convention. Her speech was short but graceful: an American story illustrating perseverance and well-deserved academic accomplishments. She praised President Obama’s executive action to lift the shadow of deportation from young undocumented immigrants. The atmosphere of inclusion in Charlotte contrasted sharply with the rhetoric in Tampa at the Republican National Convention. Whether that translates into a substantial bump with the Latino electorate, the polls will soon tell. What is clear, however, is that the DREAM Act and Dreamers, like Benita, are heavily influencing policy positions and party platforms.
‘Tis the season of elections racing, ideas battling, and visions competing. The Republican and Democratic National Conventions have laid out their platforms, which is really just a political science word for playbooks. While animating politics with sports metaphors may be excite the contest, especially since presidential elections and the summer Olympics occur the same years, the stakes in this election are much higher than just another golden Super Tuesday win.
On Tuesday, Beau Biden penned an op-ed making the case for another four more years of Barack Obama and Joe Biden. He invoked a saying of his grandfather, one which the vice president frequently repeats on the campaign trail: “Don’t tell me your priorities. Show me your budget, and I’ll tell you your priorities.”
I couldn’t agree more with that statement. Indeed, the Obama administration’s budget would speak volumes about their priorities—if they actually had a budget. But they don’t. Even the Democrat-controlled Senate has rejected President Obama’s budget proposals.