Voters don’t care about experience
If experience counted for anything today, Hillary Clinton would be president and former GOP candidate Dick Posthumous would be governor. Both of them had experience coming out of their ears compared to their non-career politican opponents Donald Trump and Jennifer Granholm respectively.
In the past the norm was someone running for office could boast about all the work they had done in the political vineyards and voters would think that was grand.
In other words experienced counted.
But with the advent of term limits, we discovered voters didn’t like experience any more.
Which is why some believe GOP candidate for governor Bill Schuette has a problem.
What Mr. Trump demonstrated is that if you whip up the anti-government and anti-politician crowd you can win.
Mr. Schuette’s resume suggests he is not a novice at this game.
He served in Congress, served in the state senate, sat on the state appellate court bench, ran the state agriculture department. About the only job he hasn’t held is janitor in the state capitol. In each post he plotted and laid the groundwork for his ultimate goal of sitting in the governor’s chair.
When he tossed his hat in the ring, he never used the word career politician. What fool would.
He prefers a little less explosive term, “experienced.”
“I make no bones, no apologies for the experience I’ll bring on Day One,” he asserts.
But what if the media and the voters see that experience as proof that he is one of the career pols?
“Nonsense. Everybody knows that I ride the Republican brand,” he deflect the question.
Please explain the difference between having a lot of experience and being a career politician. Some would argue, you can’t.
Undaunted, Mr. Schuette thinks he has already compiled a record that will have some cache with the Trump loyalists. He fought Gov. Snyder on his sales tax increase to fix the roads. He opposed Obamacare and gay marriage and says he remained loyal to Mr. Trump when things got ugly over the Access Hollywood tape concerning his conduct with women.
Mr. Schuette joyfully points out to the Trump-ittes that his likely GOP opponent Brian Calley un-endorsed Mr. Trump after the tapes came out.
But his “see what a good boy I am” line may not resonate when Trump backers when they recall that Mr. Schuette was a staunch backer of Jeb Bush for president back when everyone thought he would be the nominee.
The ultimate question that many Trump voters will ask is, “is he one of us?” And with a long history of running for this and that and the image of a “country club Republican,” as one Democratic consultant suggested, the Trump voters may answer no in which case Mr. Schuette’s march to the governor’s chair may be a little bumpy.