Last week Rachel Maddow had this amazing interview with a Republican congressional candidate called Art Robinson. He’s a funny guy who reminds me a lot of Lenny Horowitz in both his views and how he presents them. And there’s a lot of funny things to be said about him, but there’s this one line in his campaign ad I wanted to focus on. It’s also on his website:
Send an independent American to Washington, NOT a career politician
Carl Paladino also toes this line along with many other candidates. And it’s not a new thing either. But I seriously don’t get it. What’s wrong with hiring someone for a job with experience?Is there any other job where the fact that a candidate has no experience is a selling point and not a disincentive?
If you want to buy a book, it’s probably a good idea to go to a bookstore. Also, the author of the book should be literate. And if you need surgery, it might be a good idea to go to a hospital with a good surgical team and not someone who’s never been to medical school. If your car won’t start, you take it to a mechanic. You wouldn’t spend your money on someone who doesn’t understand how cars work.
Now one might argue that people distrust politicians more than they do doctors and writers and even mechanics. But there is just as much, if not more hatred for lawyers than there are for politicians.
“Hello, my name’s Josh. I understand you are on trial for murder and require legal representation. You should hire me, because I am NOT a career attorney.”
How many defendants would take that offer? Would you? Of course you wouldn’t. Nobody would. That would be insane, because the cost of losing that case in court is too great. But for some reason enough people make an exception in the case of politics so that a candidate can make the fact that they have no qualifications into a qualification on its own.