The GOP Candidate’s Position on the “Crise”

Fetterman’s Debate Challenges: Selling Policies and Proving He’s Fit to Serve

Foster Friess of Harvard University recently made some headlines by proclaiming that the current crop of presidential aspirants are the most ill-prepared for any challenges posed by the American electorate over the next four to eight years. I’m not sure how much of that “ill-preparedness” stems from Fetterman’s decision to debate Obama in the first place, but if you’re planning to buy into Friess’ views, think again.

In the week following Friess’ debate in Chicago, the New York Times’ Bill Carter took note of Fetterman’s “troubling statement that the country is in a crisis,” but proceeded to frame his position within the broader context of the overall Republican field in search of a nominee.

In a recent article, Carter writes, “The Republicans are not well-prepared to tackle the daunting challenges on the horizon, and none of the likely 2012 contenders has the kind of broad experience that might help them.”

The Times’ position is more accurate than it might appear, given that there is little correlation between policy experience and policy knowledge. Moreover, much of the “broad experience” Carter refers to is the kind of experience the candidate himself would probably be more apt to discuss.

On this point, David Frum has provided an interesting post defending Fetterman, stating: “I don’t mind arguing with people who disagree with me, and I also don’t mind refuting people who disagree with me. But I don’t like arguing with people who are willfully dishonest.”

Frum also cites one of the more important debates in which Fetterman spoke: the debate in which he was a candidate for the GOP nomination for the United States Senate in 2002. I was able to attend that debate,

Leave a Comment