October 28th, 2010
04:33 PM ET
10 years ago

Wanted: Inexperienced candidates

Editor's note: Gloria Borger is a senior political analyst for CNN, appearing regularly on CNN's "The Situation Room," "AC360°," "John King, USA" and "State of the Union."

New York (CNN) - Sometimes it seems as if we've seen this movie before: Voters want change, and a candidate's long résumé is not necessarily a plus.

After all, we elected Barack Obama president - he, a newbie to the Senate club from Illinois (two years served), a former state senator and constitutional scholar. Impressive, yes, but not lengthy. Unlike Hillary Clinton, who ran on her "lifetime of experience" and made it clear we really would probably want her answering the Red Phone at 3 a.m. How did that work out for her?

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  1. Clark Wilhelm Griswald

    The great American delusion: that by electing new people those bad old people will go away. Never mind that power corrupts, and that politics attracts a certain type of person anyway. Throw out the imcumbents and you get new incombents. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

    The Tea Party version is the most comical: they hate government so they want to become government. I wonder why they are trying so hard to become something they hate? When was the last time you went out and fought tooth and nail for a job you utterly despised? Maybe something else is going on.

    October 28, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. Albert Leong / New York / Toronto

    GM announced today profits and an IPO and repayment of its loan.

    Obama and the white house should issue a cash dividend to all US and Canadian shareholders for the success of GM and its turnaround.

    October 28, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  3. angry liberal

    the other Great American Delusion: That the new people are actually new people! Look at Obama. He actually convinced people that he was "new". Now we see he is the Status Quo, and as a career politician / lawyer he has dropped even the pretense of the mythical sweeping changes. He got your vote, now shut up, and let me get back to paying back my corporate friends.

    October 28, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  4. keepstufingthis

    One of the problems is that that the job of legislator has been made too attractive with the pay and perks that we don't get the people who want to get the necessary things done and get home anymore. That is what the TEA party is really saying, they want to be in the government to decrease the level and intensity and cost of government. We don't want an idle rich boy with no real qualifications that dead brothers and daddy's money serving as a senator and diddling with our lives any more. We don't want some heiress's husband who identifies more with the socialists in France than the citizens of his own country. We don't want students of Saul Alinskys vision governing us.

    October 28, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  5. Lori in St Pete

    Conglomo, Inc. loves them some "inexperienced" candidates. It's so much cheaper to buy them when they're new & dumb, and before they know it they owe their very existence to their corporate masters.

    October 28, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  6. vic nashville tn

    Republicans time till Nov 2nd after that GOP in? Mark smart republican told me
    This year in GOP tea party candidates are inexperience and unqualified

    In 2008 we had more than 15 candidates I cross the party and Chose Hillary democrats choose the wrong direction so we are here past is past

    Really we are worried about another 4years

    October 28, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  7. Peter s

    As a Nation we want things done in short-term! and the easiest way is punish the incumbents whether good or bad!!. And what are the results! political grindlock, loss of economic competitiveness in the world, more people on welfare, more farmers on government subsidies, and don't forget more money from special interest but the main problem is joe, mary and lee have no lobbyist in washington so, they die in poverty hidden behind our freeways!!

    October 28, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    The longer they are in Washington, the more corrupt they become.

    October 28, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  9. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    there is a vast difference between inexperience and plain stupidity. Less than 10 years ago many of these candidates would not even made it on a ballot unless it was some 3rd or 4th party candidate. The far right always says they fear the way our country is headed. Well so do I if these people get in and take over and do what they plan to do. The USA has fallen to 20th in the world in education. The following of people like Palin, Bachmann, Paul, Angel and Glenn Beck just proves how far we have fallen.

    October 28, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  10. LacrosseMom(real one)

    Well ....... the Koch brothers who created and fund the "Tea Party" have a nice line up of inexperienced and inept candidates! When you look closely at the so-called-Tea-Party candidates you see a group of really scary, far-right-extremists, who want to do away with our Freedoms while claiming to support the Constitution!

    For example, Joe Miller of Alaska, Sharron Angle of Nevada, O'Donnell (DL), McMahon (CT), etc., all believe that the following are UN-Constitutional:

    Unemployment benefits
    Minimum Wage (which of you have teenagers and college kids working for a minimum wage? Plenty, well the Teapublicans believe it is un-Constitutional to pay a Minimum Wage!)

    IF you want to go backwards into the failed Economic policies of the last 8 years, vote for the Teapublicans!

    October 28, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |