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Radical Activist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-19-04 09:38 PM
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47. completely different type of experience
A president needs to be able to get his agenda through Congress, something Clark is completely unprepared to do. That is one of the most important parts of the job, and it takes experience to be effective at that.

A President needs to be able to manage the civilian federal beauracracy, which from what I've read is much more difficult to manage than the military one.

A President must be able to rally and inspire the nation both in times of tragedy and in support of his agenda. Clark is a pretty good speaker but not as good or polished as most of the others who ran for President this time. Honestly, I can't think of any of the ten candidates who was a less compelling public speaker than Clark, except maybe for Kerry or Graham.

Holding and performing in public office is a learning process that Clark has not experienced yet. Clark is prepared for the foreign policy aspect of the Presidency, but that's 1/2 the job at most.
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  - Kerry would have endorsed Gephardt  JI7   Jun-19-04 09:23 AM   #2 
  - Kerry has a tough choice...  wjsander   Jun-19-04 09:27 AM   #3 
  - That Criteria Eliminates Some Candidates  salonghorn70   Jun-19-04 09:28 AM   #4 
  - I'm not sure if that is true...  Darkamber   Jun-19-04 09:48 AM   #6 
  - i think Edwards lack of experience is something Kerry actually likes  JI7   Jun-19-04 09:58 AM   #8 
  - What? Kerry likes Edwards lack of experience...  cosmokramer   Jun-19-04 02:47 PM   #27 
     - no, i'm saying he might like how it would make it easier to work with  JI7   Jun-19-04 03:01 PM   #28 
        - Still doesn't meet Kerry's criteria of someone already  cosmokramer   Jun-19-04 03:14 PM   #29 
        - I don't think weakness is a strength  Sparkly   Jun-19-04 03:19 PM   #30 
        - I agree 100%  cosmokramer   Jun-19-04 04:03 PM   #33 
        - Great V.P. credentials: no "set policy or beliefs  venus   Jun-19-04 04:24 PM   #36 
  - Sorry, Bushie had more elected experience a s a two term gov,  venus   Jun-19-04 04:22 PM   #35 
  - I mostly agree with your analysis.  Kahuna   Jun-19-04 11:21 AM   #14 
  - I don't think anyone is elminated  Capn Sunshine   Jun-19-04 03:25 PM   #32 
  - Gephardt wins in my book  camby   Jun-19-04 09:41 AM   #5 
  - Really? I thought he lost out in the primaries because...  wjsander   Jun-19-04 09:56 AM   #7 
  - they all competed in iowa  JI7   Jun-19-04 10:01 AM   #9 
  - You're entitled to your opinion  Gyre   Jun-19-04 10:13 AM   #11 
  - Oh Brother. And Dean was completely innocent of any slime and  Kahuna   Jun-19-04 11:40 AM   #15 
     - Are you saying Dean lied?  demwing   Jun-19-04 12:39 PM   #19 
        - Dean said he was the only anti-war candidate, for one  venus   Jun-19-04 04:28 PM   #37 
           - Like I asked, Got a source on that?  demwing   Jun-19-04 05:44 PM   #41 
  - He lacks a lot more than money  saracat   Jun-19-04 12:42 PM   #21 
     - The press doesn't like him  camby   Jun-19-04 12:50 PM   #23 
  - I wasn't aware Kerry said that.  Padraig18   Jun-19-04 10:05 AM   #10 
  - Told you.  Kahuna   Jun-19-04 11:42 AM   #17 
  - Paddy - here's the quote  Wife_of_a_Wes_Freak   Jun-19-04 12:48 PM   #22 
  - I had not heard it until ...  Pepperbelly   Jun-19-04 01:08 PM   #24 
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  - Doesn't alther my thoughts at all  surfermaw   Jun-19-04 02:11 PM   #25 
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  - Good Lord, I hope not  Scoopie   Jun-19-04 09:53 PM   #49 
  - No, its time we mentor  resist   Jun-19-04 04:47 PM   #39 
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  - How does having no political experience make on ready  Radical Activist   Jun-19-04 07:42 PM   #43 
     - Running something big ...  Pepperbelly   Jun-19-04 08:39 PM   #44 
     - He's been an international leader  Sparkly   Jun-19-04 08:53 PM   #45 
     - completely different type of experience  Radical Activist   Jun-19-04 09:38 PM   #47 
        - Christ, he got 19 NATIONS to agree on something...  cosmokramer   Jun-19-04 09:51 PM   #48 
        - Baloney!  Sparkly   Jun-19-04 10:01 PM   #50 
        - And you think Shrub is a good speaker?  Scoopie   Jun-19-04 10:02 PM   #51 
           - I didn't say anything about Bush  Radical Activist   Jun-19-04 10:12 PM   #52 
              - Ridiculous  Sparkly   Jun-19-04 10:18 PM   #53 
              - What a pile of dung!  cosmokramer   Jun-19-04 11:34 PM   #54 
     - I'll take Supreme Commander of NATO Forces anyday over , smirk,  saywhat   Jun-19-04 08:57 PM   #46 
  - Martin Sheen  zulchzulu   Jun-19-04 11:42 PM   #56 

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