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May 19, 2014 - 2:12 pm

Pew Research has polled Americans on the question of experience. Specifically, what role does a candidate’s experience play in voters’ decision in the voting booth.

Somewhat surprisingly, though not really surprisingly given the results in 2008 and 2012, experience in office is not rated very highly by a growing number of Americans. About 30% of Americans rate extensive experience in Washington negatively and would be less likely to vote for a candidate with such experience. About 19% view many years of Washington experience positively. Forty-eight percent say that experience in Washington doesn’t matter at all to their votes. Barack Obama hit that sweet spot, having spent just two years in the US Senate before running for president. He could and did cast himself as in Washington but not of Washington, and that helped him win.

Experience as a governor or business executive rate about the same, with 33% of Americans saying such experience makes them more likely to vote for that candidate over one who lacks that experience. But the negative for business executives is slightly higher, with 13% saying business experience makes them less likely to vote for a candidate, to 5% who say they’re less likely to vote for someone who has been a governor.

If 5% really do resist voting for governors, and 13% really do resist voting for business executives, Mitt Romney will never be president.

According to Pew’s poll, only two things are dealbreakers for a majority of Americans. One of them is a candidate who has never held office before.

The other is a failure to believe.

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Atheists would probably be more popular if a few of them weren’t so evangelical about their anger at something that they claim they don’t even believe in.

The 2% who say they’re more likely to vote for someone who has had extramarital affairs? Check yourself.

Pew asked the wrong questions.

The pollsters should have asked voters if they are more or less likely to support someone who watches lots of sports and doesn’t do anything about problems until he sees them on the news. Going by the 2008 and 2012 results, a thin majority of American want exactly that kind of president.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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I don't want another narcissist. Between BJ Clinton and FCMABBHO, I've had my fill of people afflicted with this personality disorder.
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Trey Gowdy for president.
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What is the One Trait that Most Americans Don’t Want in a President?

That they are members of the Democratic or Republican parties.
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Experience is overated by a lot of people.


What counts FAR more is the values by which the person lives.

I want to know what matters to him, what he's going to TRY to do, before I start caring how well he will do it.

I'd rather have someone bumbling in the right direction than effectively moving in the wrong direction.


(And if you still think Obama is stupid, you're stupid.)


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The more he golfs, the better a president he makes. Why? Because, it gets him out of town so the real work can get done.
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Atheists would probably be more popular if a few of them weren’t so evangelical about their anger at something that they claim they don’t even believe in.

Atheism is a religion. It is every bit as much a leap of faith to proclaim that God does not exist, as it is to proclaim that He does.

For the truly "scientific minded" doubters, agnosticism is the way to go. Ironically enough, those who announce loudly that God does not exist are showing us their own need to believe in something they cannot possibly prove.

By the way -- the theologian and mathematician Blaise Pascal was once asked if there was an "existence theorem", something to demonstrate that God exists and cares about what happens to us. His answer was that, if God did not exist, or existed but didn't care about us, then the Jewish people would have vanished centuries ago. It makes no historical sense for the Jews to have survived at all, never mind to have survived AND made the overwhelming contributions to the world that they have.
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"...with 13% saying business experience makes them less likely to vote for a candidate..."

I am willing to bet, that if any of that 13% are liberals from Wisconsin, they will have no trouble, what so ever, voting for Democrat gubernatorial candidate, Mary Burke, come November.

Ms. Burke, if you are not aware, is a 1%er and heir to the Trek bicycle fortune. She has pushed her involvement in Trek as qualification for the job of leftist governor. All of this proves the hypocrisy of the left.

By the way... may I strongly suggest that everyone buy Schwinn?
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I don't want another narcissist. Between BJ Clinton and FCMABBHO, I've had my fill of people afflicted with this personality disorder.
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Trey Gowdy for president.
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Most Americans are liars.
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I think it's simpler than that. Starting in 1960, Americans have voted for the person that they think is the coolest. Now, lots of times, neither nominee even approached being cool, but that was because we had a 180 year history of nominating and electing substantial people. JFK changed that but it took a while for it to sink in. Republicans obviously don't get it, but even the marxists took a while to figure it out.

Of course, the media works quintriple time to portray their guy as the coolest but when the clay is Algore or Lurch, no amount of genius sculptors can do the dirty.

But don't make the mistake of thinking they don't know it. Hildabeast is not a shoo-in; definitely not cool. If Cruz or Rand is leading for the party that pretends to want to undo all of the great things the communist dictator has done, look for Michelle or Jay-Z to step in and save the day.
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I would say, re Governor's, it should matter which Governor and the impact they have had on the well-being of their state. Have they been able to work effectively with the State's elected officials, take on the Federal government, work effectively with State businesses and manage their State's bureaucracies to the benefit of the citizenry? Of course, if the success was in the past, one would need to check whether that success would still apply in today's environment and where that individual stands today on significant issues. If the Governor's Success is current, IMO that Governor should receive serious consideration!

To me, a "Blue State" Governor would be a disaster. Living in a Blue State I am experiencing it personally. Under no circumstances would I want our Governor as President.

I'm most for someone who is there, has been and is "doing that" and can offer the proof of the benefits from their strategies.
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