As the Republican presidential field shapes up, it’s essential that Republicans not repeat the error Democrats made in 2008. In that election, Democrats’ hearts, not their heads, carried the day, and at a crucial time they selected not a sober, experienced figure but an under-qualified one with a paucity of creative ideas about solving our serious problems. He got by on the most general bromides (“Go line by line through the budget”).
Frankly, virtually all of the top Republican contenders ( Rep. Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich) have more experience than Barack Obama did when he took office. But some of them don’t appear to have thought very hard about our big challenges or come up with concrete solutions to what ails us.
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