My last post in the ongoing political discussion here got me thinking about the overall effectiveness of each of the candidates for president. So, let's ask the question, what have each of them actually done? What are they known for doing? I am going off the top of my head with each of these. I am pretty politically connected, but I might be forgetting something, so correct me if I leave something out.
Hillary Clinton - former first lady, New York Senator, has not sponsored a single piece of memorable legislation, biggest political effort was Hillarycare during her husband's presidency and that overwhelmingly failed
Barak Obama - first term Illinois Senator with no executive experience and no legislative accomplishments to think of
John Edwards - one term North Carolina Senator who would have lost his reelection bid if he had not unsuccessfully run for vice president, no legislative accomplishments to think of
Bill Richardson - governor of New Mexico and former Energy Secretary under Bill Clinton, helped resurrect New Mexico's economy by signing into law a tax cut bill in the state
Dennis Kucinich - Ohio Congressman who sponsors bills that Democrats won't even vote for, if I remember correctly, he was mayor Cleveland when it was at its worst
Mike Gravel - former Alaska Senator, didn't know who he was before this election cycle
Chris Dodd and Joe Biden- I am lumping these small state senators together, both have been in the Senate forever it seems and both are known for little more than their partisanship
Mitt Romney - former Mass governor, but I can't think of anything particularly notable about his tenure there, he ran the Olympics in Salt Lake City and used to head Staples
Fred Thompson - former Senator from Tennessee with no legislative accomplishments, best known for his small scenes on Law and Order
Tom Tancredo, Ron Paul, and Duncan Hunter - congressman that no one had heard of before this election cycle, all have pet issues that they champion but no legislative accomplishments to think of
Sam Brownback - Senator from Kansas, no memorable legislative accomplishments
Mike Huckabee - former Arkansas governor, known for losing a lot of weight
John McCain - Arizona Senator with a long list of legislative accomplishments including campaign finance reform and attempted efforts to reform immigration, has effectively championed tax cuts and various forgein policy positions
Rudy Giuliani - executive experience as Mayor of NYC, turned NYC into the safest big city in the country, reduced crime, cut taxes, grew the NYC economy, reduced the size and scope of NYC"s beaucracy, shepherded the city through September 11th
There are two issues to consider - accomplishments and experience.
When it comes to accomplishments, only Bill Richardson, John McCain, and Rudy Giuliani have any to speak of. I like Rudy's best.
The US has only elected ONE senator to the presidency - ONE in our whole history. His name was John F Kennedy. It takes a different skill set to be an executive than to be a legislator. The candidates with executive experience in the race are Bill Richardson, Dennis Kucinich, Mike Gravel, Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, and Rudy Giuliani.
If America is lucky, from an accomplishments and experience perspective, the race will be Bill Richardson vs. Rudy Giuliani.