The plain fact is that the presidency is unique. The contest to win the top job offers some preparation, but every first-term president is on a vertiginous learning curve. Experience is not the only – or perhaps even the most important – predictor of success in office.
Ready to rule? Financial Times, Sept. 3, 2008
Besides experience, the point of the election is to choose a direction. The one we’ve been on, the one really represented by McCain/Palin, has been a disaster economically, geopolitically and ethically. I’m much more comfortable with a 90% change from the policies of George W. Bush and the Republican Congress than I am with continuing to spend the country into the ground to support trickle-down economics and growing inequality.