With all the media fuss about Clinton and Obama, it is easy to overlook the Democrat's most qualified candidate, Bill Richardson. While I don't agree with Richardson's position on some of the issues, I think he is our best choice for president in 2008. He would bring tremendous experience to the White House, something that has been lacking far too often in recent years, especially in the area of foreign affairs and diplomacy. If we were looking to hire someone for any other position but president, experience and effectiveness in previous positions would be the major criteria for the job, not so with our elected officials. Experience is somewhere down the list of qualities that has been emphasized in campaigns for elected officials since the age of mass media. In recent years the major qualifications seem to be media glitz, ability to amass tons of money for TV commercials that shamefully slam the other candidate with half truths, and name recognition. Certainly Clinton and Obama would bring some excellent personal qualities to the presidency, but neither of them have extensive experience. Although Hillary Clinton was close to her husband's presidency, she was not an active participant except in her attempt to get a revision in the health care system. This leaves her experience as a lawyer and six years in the Senate. Barack Obama has had even less experience on the national level and some experience in the Illinois legislature. Neither have had executive or diplomatic experience which are major strengths for Richardson. While Richardson isn't liberal enough for my taste on a few issues, I think he can bring our country together to make progress and restore our reputation in the world community. I want a president with experience in administration and a proven track record for bringing people together to make the hard compromises that are necessary to move us forward as a country and to bring peace and progress in international relations.
If you haven't heard much about Governor Richardson, here's a link:
Bill Richardson for President