Governance experience is important for at least three reasons:
1. Governance requires building coalitions with various individuals and groups, whose interests may not always be aligned, in order to develop or implement policies. Governance experience does not assure a candidate possesses such capabilities, but one who has had exposure to building such coalitions and can point to demonstrated success in having done so e.g., getting legislation adopted, leading a State government, etc., has a better chance to do so in higher office. Executive experience is particularly relevant for the Presidency.
2. Governance experience gives one exposure to a range of policy issues (domestic and foreign). One who lacks such experience may have little or no understanding of the major issues in the policy realm.
3. Governance experience also gives on invaluable contacts—people and organizations—that could be helpful when it comes to policy making and finding people to form one’s Administration.
In the end, even as governance experience might provide no guarantees, a candidate with such experience is vastly better prepared for high federal office. Those with governance experience have a much better ability to transform vision into policy reality than those who lack it.
For purposes of an analogy, it is extremely unlikely that a major corporation would hire a CEO who lacked prior management experience. The same holds true with voters when it comes to electing the President of the United States, a task that is far more complex and difficult than running a country given the much broader range of interests and international/security dimensions involved.
With respect to Carson's campaign, the importance of governance and leadership experience is becoming even clearer. The Washington Post reported:
The presidential candidacy of Ben Carson, a tea party star who has catapulted into the top tier of Republican contenders, has been rocked by turmoil with the departures of four senior campaign officials and widespread disarray among his allied super PACs.
In interviews Friday, Carson’s associates described a political network in tumult, saying the retired neurosurgeon’s campaign chairman, national finance chairman, deputy campaign manager and general counsel have resigned since Carson formally launched his bid last month in Detroit. They have not been replaced, campaign aides said.
Almost certainly, the inability to build and sustain a campaign organization is the result of Carson's lack of leadership experience. That he was a highly skilled neurosurgeon does not mean that such talent is readily transferable to tasks that require leadership. The requirements of neurosurgery and leadership are quite different.
Building and sustaining campaign organizations is one such task that requires a degree of leadership. Governance is another, and it's one that is far more demanding, as one needs to work with people who have competing interests and goals. That he has already floundered very early in the race on the first task highlights a larger lack of preparation to lead the nation.
Also, it should be noted that unlike Carson, Obama had state and federal experience, even as his years of experience was limited. Carson has had no leadership experience. Not too surprisingly, his campaign organization appears to be unraveling.
In 2008, Obama won on the all-important economy issue (53%-44%), as well as on a number of less important issues. Race actually proved a very tiny factor according to the exit polls.
Even as Obama was lightly experienced, Carson has no leadership experience. In the upcoming election that will prove fatal to his candidacy. That his campaign is already falling apart exposes the dangers of one's lacking leadership experience.
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