Has this dude ever done anything on the national level that makes him seem like presidential timber?
Bravely mouthing platitudes in a Midwestern accent, pleasant though that is, is not enough.
The fact that every single person running for president is not qualified should not make the unqualified seem qualified.
Then I read George Will, who almost always spins something interesting even if you don't agree with him, (though sometimes he is a puckered ass), skewering thoroughly Hillary's claims to be "experienced":
"Her experiences that should matter most to primary voters reveal consistently bad judgment. Her campaign's behavior radiates bad character."
Will emphasizes her pushing for Janet Reno and reminds us of course of how Reno was responsible for incinerating those kids at Waco.
"The third choice [of Hillary's three] was Janet Reno, whose eight-year tenure was notable for three things. One was the botched assault on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Tex., in which 86 people died, 17 of them children the assault was supposed to rescue. Another was seizing, at gunpoint, 6-year-old Elián Gonzáles from his Miami relatives and deporting him to Castro's Cuba, from which he and his mother had fled in an escape in which she drowned. The third was the optional appointment of an independent counsel to investigate the Whitewater land deal, an investigation that led to Paula Jones. When Hillary Clinton adamantly opposed a financial settlement with her, the investigation meandered to Monica Lewinsky and impeachment."
Will is no less sparing with Huckabee:
"On the Republican side, Mike Huckabee's role in the '70s Show involves blending Jimmy Carter's ostentatious piety with Nixon's knack for oblique nastiness. "Despicable" and "appalling" evidence of a "gutter campaign" -- that is how the Eagle-Tribune of Lawrence, Mass., characterized this from Sunday's New York Times Magazine profile of Huckabee: " 'Don't Mormons,' he asked in an innocent voice, 'believe that Jesus and the devil are brothers?' "
Imagine someone asking "in an innocent voice" this: "Don't Jews use the blood of gentile children to make matzoh for Passover?" Such a smarmy injection of the "blood libel," an ancient canard of anti-Semitism, into civic discourse would indelibly brand the injector as a bigot with contempt for the public's ability to decode bigotry."