The appeal of the political outsiders

The three Republican candidates who have never held any elected office before, Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina, now poll – taken together – at more than 50%.

gop primary poll mid-September 2015

More than half of Republican primary voters seem to think that experience as a governor, senator or congressperson is overrated, or even a negative factor. I wonder if these are the same people who said that President Obama had no executive and little legislative experience when he became president. I also wonder if they’d let me operate their tumors, repair their cars or cut their hair if I advertise myself as “not being part of the system”.

Willkie for President buttonWell, good luck with that! The last time the Republicans (or indeed any major party in the US) chose a businessperson with no political experience as its presidential nominee was in 1940.

How did it go? Well, do you remember Wendell Willkie?

No? Hmm, probably because he didn’t win.

About Andreas Moser

Travelling the world and writing about it. I have degrees in law and philosophy, but I'd much rather be a writer, a spy or a hobo.
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1 Response to The appeal of the political outsiders

  1. brokenradius says:

    The only businessman that I think would be a good choice would be Willy Wonka. He could promise everybody chocolate for free after winning the president seat, and would reduce daily working hours to 10 milliseconds.

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