Monday, March 10, 2008

Hillary's Executive Branch Experience

Three inservices this week: Writing Across the Curriculum, some Outcomes inservice we're all required to attend, and a Technology inservice I'm running because I opened my big mouth at orientation last fall and suggested it. *sigh*

But I'm not here to complain about my workload. I'm here to complain about this quote:

"Saying that Hillary has Executive Branch experience is like saying Yoko Ono was a Beatle," - Kos commenter, Jsn.

Via Sully via Reddit.

The moronic Kos commenter (and really, are there any other kinds these days?) is comparing apples and oranges. The proper comparison is "Saying that Hillary has Executive Branch experience is like saying Gwyneth Paltrow has experience in rock and roll." (I changed to Gwyneth because Yoko was a musician in her own right, no?) And you could say, yes, Gwyneth does have experience in rock and roll because of her marriage to Chris Martin. She has more experience in rock and roll than I do.

There is only one President in the US at a time and there have been only 43 (42? Do we count Cleveland twice?) in the history of the US. And a very small circle of people have knowledge of precisely how the office of the President is run. One of those people would have to be the First Lady, especially a First Lady as intelligent and interested in a future political career as Hillary Clinton. Let us not forget that it was Edith Wilson who acted as unofficial president when her husband was disabled by a stroke. And does anyone really want to argue that Eleanor Roosevelt didn't have Executive Branch experience?

So to sum up: stupid line of reasoning. Next?

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