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On Second Thought...

 

Oy...

When I watch a presidential candidate squirm for the facts of a major conflict, and I'm way more informed than he is, I'm underwhelmed.

That said, I was wrong about Herman Cain going all the way.

There's a pattern emerging, and it's pretty interesting because I don't know what to make of it yet.

When a C-level executive interviews for the job, nobody asks her to submit her detailed plans for the company. She's not expected to know the company's financials, competitive matrix, HR status, or much else. It's helpful and shows initiative, but a lot of C-level folks rely on their past successes and the strength of their resume and good reputation to get hired.

Not so for the executive branch of our government. Unless you're Obama, you get grilled as a candidate about a host of details.

It's easy to see why Obama doesn't really suffer press questions and why Mitt is afraid of Chris Wallace.

But seriously, there's no excuse for Cain here. If you're running for the job, you need to be fluent in current events. He's a great businessman, obviously, and a strong capitalist, but why in the world would you not prepare for the inevitable grilling?

Ditto Perry.

They've wasted a lot of people's donations by not fervently preparing and by trying to get there on personality. Is that fair? I mean, Obama did it on personality and marketing... but he also had a willing press corps that gave him questions like these:

How does it feel to break a glass ceiling?
How does it feel to "win?"
(Way to go, Charlie Gibson.)

The RNC does a disservice to its base by allowing the leftist press corps to drive the debates. The candidates all flock to see who can get on the leftist Sunday shows. Interview after interview... you would think that the candidates would get the idea to be prepared for the gauntlet.

But no... one shows up with "Texas!" as his frequent answer and the other says "9-9-9" for his frequent answer.

Tell me the eventual candidate is Not Mitt, who spawned Obamacare...

 


by Brett Rogers, 11/14/2011 6:02:04 PM
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I have to agree with you. If the country needed just a CEO, then Cain is an excellent choice. Unfortunately he's starting to look as bad as Perry in other areas.

Paging Marco Rubio...

 

 

Posted by Pale Rider, 11/14/2011 10:05:52 PM



I dumped Cain as a potential back when I saw some of his comments on economics and the housing market from 2005 or so. Given that several more bubbles are getting ready to burst, we really need someone who can see them when they're pointed out to him.

 

 

Posted by Jonathan, 11/15/2011 3:17:23 AM


So of the candidates running, who do you like and why?

 

 

Posted by Brett Rogers (http://www.beatcanvas.com), 11/15/2011 4:04:11 AM


I'm not excited about any of the remaining candidates. Newt has command of the issues but is too entwined in beltway politics. I can't see him taking the necessary steps to bring about the reform that is needed. Add to that I just can't get the picture of him sitting down with Nancy Pelosi and agreeing on climate change out of my mind. I think we're screwed for another 4 years.

 

 

Posted by Pale Rider, 11/15/2011 7:45:04 PM



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