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Chief Executive Hillary Clinton?

December 26, 2007 -- Would you agree have as your surgeon the wife of your doctor, who, other than the marital relationship which allowed her to frequently observe her husband at work, has zero academic training in the subject, and has never served a day as a medical intern?

What kind of job is the presidency?  Itís the same kind of job as being a general in the military.  The same classification as being a state governor or even a city mayor.  All of these are "executive" positions.  Being a senator or a representative is not an executive position.  Itís a legislative job.  They are very different kinds of work. 

Can you name the executive post Hillary Clinton has held?

You might say, well, executives donít have to all come from the public sector.  There are some executive jobs in the private sector which call for someone to manage great sums of money and large numbers of people in giant private corporate bureaucracies.

Agreed.  Now, what is the name of the giant corporation that Hillary Clinton has managed?

It's a matter of odds

We bring this up totally aside from the matter of views on policy:  Liberal vs. Conservative ideas, and all that.  Why?  It has to do with the laws of chance.  We freely admit that it is possible to choose the CEO of  the Ford Motor Company by lottery, and get a wonderful chief executive in the process. It is  even mathematically possible to pick your surgeon that way.  By pure luck you could get somebody who without a whit of college or on-the-job experience could cut you open and fix your problem perfectly.

We wouldnít do it that way in any of these cases because if one has a choice in the matter, one doesnít normally trust important things to pure chance.  The odds of having a successful surgery, for example, obviously improve when the doctor is a trained and experienced professional.  The same is true for corporate executives and presidents of these United States.

It is fairly clear that in the past, the American people have adopted that principle, as well.  The proof?  In the history of this nation, the number of non-executives who have been elected to the top executive job on Earth can be counted on the fingers of one hand, with fingers left over.

Read this for an in-depth review of that point: How To Pick the Next President of the U.S.

Who's on which side and why

Although this is the primary season and not the general election weíre going through, these days, the big media outlets keep printing national polls which show Hillaryís "national electability" numbers.  Knowing their present titanic bias in her favor -- which may transfer to somebody else in a primary or two -- we view this sort of thing as a Clintion campaign aid.  An attempt to lionize her, and shift attention away from her beliefs -- which are wildly Left -- and her total lack of job-related experience.  This biased news coverage should be required to carry a campaign disclamer with each such story. 

(Odd exception::  The Drudge Report headline about a recent story in the New York Times: Hillary 'Experience' Unclear...  This piece is so balanced that it reminds one of a tightrope walker.  Is this newspaper, for decades a flaming left rag, reacting to volumes of valid criticism from this nation's alternative media, or are they suffering the same circulation losses that are happening to so many other major U.S. newspapers, and attributing the reader decline to their political slant?  Is this a sign that the day is coming when the Oregonian will also have to face reality and cease being nothing but a flack for the Oregon Left?)

Because of Hillary's obvious experiental shortfall, we laughed out loud when, in December, Oregonís chief executive, Ted Kulongoski, endorsed her candidacy.   It was understandible from the standpoint of governmental theory.  Kulongoski is a Leftist, too.  But from a professional point of view? Either he doesnít know that his own job is quite different from a legislative one, or simply wants a socialist type of national government so badly that he doesnít care what happens to America as a result of having a chief executive who doesnít know anything about managing any enterprise larger than your local supermarket  -- assuming that she, not others, made the key decisions in her U.S. Senate seat race in New York state.

This essay isnít a partisan one, since we donít care much for Oregonís Republican office holders, as a rule, either.  Oregon Republicans are often RINOs (Republican In Name Only. The photo is a hotlink to a RINO web page)   This type of pubbie is, in our opinion, dishonest.  If they vote like Harry Reid (Senate D-Nev) and Nancy Pelosi (House of Representatives  D-Ca), then they should run for office registered like the other liberal Democrats.

In the end, though, because of the facts in the how-to-pick-the-winner link up above, we kind of hope Hillary does get her partyís nomination to run for the presidency.  The only other federal senator in living memory (or in your grandfather's memory) to do that and win was John F. Kennedy.   Other than that, you have to go way, way back in this nation's history to find an election that didn't choose a former executive for the job. 

Just because she is a senator, the only chance she would have -- aside from massive voter fraud in the election -- would be if the Republicans also nominate a candidate from the legislative side of things.

If that's what the pubbies do, God only knows what will happen.


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