Diss on Crist

For the most part, I've left the VP speculation posts to Josh, but I was struck by a quote in this Pensacola News Journal story ...
by | July 11, 2008
 

For the most part, I've left the VP speculation posts to Josh, but I was struck by a quote in this Pensacola News Journal story about Florida Gov. Charlie Crist's prospects.

Joel Goldstein, a law professor at Saint Louis University who has consulted with presidential campaigns and is the author of "The Modern American Vice Presidency," also doesn't see Crist on the McCain ticket.

Crist remains a question mark to the rest of the country although he has been a fixture in Florida for decades, Goldstein said. A 71-year-old presidential candidate has to worry first about how presidential his running mate looks before he can worry about balancing the ticket, Goldstein said.

"Vice presidential candidates almost never get picked for that reason," Goldstein said. "I think he is an unlikely choice largely because of his lack of high-level governmental experience."

It would be difficult for McCain, with Crist at his side, to continue hammering Obama for his lack of experience, Goldstein said.

"Lack of high-level governmental experience"? The man admittedly is only halfway through his first term as governor of one of the largest states, but he previously served as state attorney general and as a state legislator. How much more experience do you need for it to count?

I admit I wasn't wholly convinced by my boss's column about state legislative experience being equivalent or superior to time in the U.S. Senate as preparation for the White House. But to say that the governor of Florida lacks high government experience really shows a remarkable Washington uber alles mentality.

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