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%.
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”.
Well, 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.