Tuesday, February 26, 2008
For those of you who are missing the point about Senator Obama’s relative lack of experience, or who believe you get the point, but have convinced yourselves either that he’s sufficiently experienced or it doesn’t make any difference that he’s not, here’s a simple exercise to help you test the strength of your convictions.
Close your eyes – after you’re done reading this. Pretend for the moment that, instead of Senators Obama and Clinton, it’s Doctors Obama and Clinton. They’re both surgeons, with experience in their medical professions comparable to their respective histories as politicians. You need to pick one to perform a complicated, life saving operation on you, a loved one, or friend. Assume that, even if you or they survive, a botched operation could be at worst, catastrophic, and would at least affect the quality of your life and ability to earn an income.
Which one do you pick? On which one of these doctors/candidates are you willing to bet your life? Think the analogy is too severe, too personal? Then you need to think again.