Second, the office of the presidency is too important for on-the-job training. It requires a strong chief executive who has been entrusted with real authority in the past and has achieved a proven track record of positive measurable accomplishments. Leaders are expected to give good speeches, but leadership is so much more than oratory.That could be directed at a number of current potential candidates, and President Obama is the embodiment of the truth of that statement due to his lack of experience before being elected into office. Look where we are now with a president who had zero executive experience prior to the presidency.
Michele Bachmann took it as a jab from Palin, responding with
Bachmann said executive experience doesn’t matter if it comes with “more of the same big government as usual.”
“This election will be about quite simply, who can lead that restructuring effort,” Bachmann said, referring to turning around the economy and working to repeal the federal health care reform law.That has to be one of the stupidest things I've read in awhile. It's completely incorrect for one thing, saying everyone in the field who has executive experience will create bigger government. And in the process of trying to defend her own lack of executive experience, made an argument that executive experience is a bad thing.
“Executive experience in government is one thing, but not when it comes to a promise of more of the same big government as usual,” she continued.
Watching Michele Bachmann spin and spin and spin her gaffes is getting painful. I'm starting to feel a lot of second-hand embarassment for her now. Palin is doing a great thing by dropping these little nuggets of wisdom and Bachmann going to extreme stupidity in spinning it her way. Give her enough rope and she'll hang herself politically.
A commenter at HotAir named "INC" explained executive experience beautifully:
Bachmann’s statement is ridiculous.I would even add that being a good leader with a good record of executive experience is more important than IQ. But that's an argument for another day.
Executive experience does matter.
That’s how you find out if you’re a leader rather than a supporter.
That’s how you find out if you have the ability to articulate vision and purpose so that others will understand.
That’s how you find out if you can lead by example and bring out the best in people so that they know the end goal is worth the discipline and sacrifice.
That’s how you find out if you can assess people’s abilities and put them into the right job.
That’s how you find out if you can learn to delegate and leave micromanaging behind.
That’s how you find out if you know how to encourage and when to challenge.
That’s how you find out if you can take a group and lead them through ups and downs to success.
For Bachmann to say this really shows her lack of executive experience–not to mention poor logic, because a good executive leader wouldn’t grow government just to grow it, but assess, analyze and implement what’s needed.