A New Format And Joan’s Roundtable Review

Friday, 01.11.08

Don’t worry, the tile of today’s post does not mean that Millie is going to go crazy with changing the colors and the layout of the blog, again. lol!! Granted, I had gone through a phase a while back where I implemented several visual changes in a row, but for the time being, there will be no more layout changes. Right now, I like things just the way they are!

Rather, if you recall, in my end of year post, I talked about where this blog has been and where I would like to see it grow. I had mentioned about wanting to switch to a multi-contributor format – an idea that had been mulled around in the past but never quite took off.

However, after discussing it with the ever-wonderful ladies over at the yahoo group over the last week or so, we decided to go ahead and implement the concept. Johnthenewsking now has added regular contributors!

*pops the champagne bottle cork*

Let’s roll out the red carpet for Ms. Mebz , Ms. CstKitten (Joan) and Ms. Katie!


Additionally, Johnthenewsking is switching to a Monday through Friday format. (The blog will now contain posts on Saturdays or Sundays only if there is breaking or urgent news.) You will be reading posts throughout the week written by myself as well as our new contributors!

*clinks champagne glasses in a toast*

Here’s to the start of a wonderful new year at Johnthenewsking!


Joan already has her feet wet and sent in this contribution:

Do We Need Experience?

Yesterday, on The Situation Room, John was involved in a “roundtable” discussion with Jack Cafferty (a personal favorite of mine) and Gloria Borger, Senior Political Analyst.

First up on the agenda was a discussion about how much experience really matters when it comes to the political candidates. Wolf said that Richardson, Dodd and Biden had almost 100 years of experience between them and what good did that do them? John answered stating that it is experience based on what the voters are looking for at that moment that counts. Bill Clinton had ideas on how to fix the economy, ideas on how to get the government back on the side of the middle class. That’s what voters wanted then. McCain’s saying with two wars going on, you need someone with national security experience. As for experience, John goes on to note that four of the last five presidents have been governors, yet it looks like the Democrats are going to nominate a senator, which many think leaves the Democrats at a competitive disadvantage. Wolf interjects that John F. Kennedy was the last [sitting] senator elected president.

Obama has spent most of his first term as a Senator running for president. So that’s being used against him. Jack states that he hasn’t been in Washington long enough to be “contaminated by the system” and that seems to be the appeal for a lot of people.

Wolf: People would love to see a Clinton/Obama or Obama/Clinton ticket. Is that realistic? John thinks that “absolutely” it’s realistic. They do not have a great relationship now, but thinks all that will get thrown out when they think about, as the nominee, what they most need to win. Would it be Clinton or Obama? Then he thinks that’s what they’d do. Gloria Borger thinks it’s more likely to see a Clinton/Obama ticket rather than an Obama/Clinton ticket. And that at the end of all this, it may be impossible to unite them if it turns really nasty.

Jack, however, had the quote of the segment. His answer was this:

Given the current climate in this country, unless the economy either doesn’t go into recession – a lot of people think we are already in recession – or comes out of it long before the election; if the two wars are still going on; if the hatred of the status quo is as intense as it is now, the nominee can put a chicken on the ticket with him – these people are not going to vote for a Republican.

Next up on the discussion was John Kerry’s endorsing Obama and snubbing his former running mate. Jack doesn’t think this means a whole lot. And Gloria wonders: Why did he wait until after the NH primary to endorse Obama?

Wolf then asks John, “How much do these endorsements really matter?” John’s reply is that a single person’s endorsement doesn’t matter all that much. However, as with Lieberman (Independent) and Mcain (Republican) – McCain can say that ‘I’m a proud Republican, but I’m willing to sit with the Independents and the Democrats. To do whatever it takes to get it done.” Then, that type of an endorsement does help.

So what about you – Are you more impressed with the experience someone has? It is the message? Or the person’s personality? How about endorsements – are you swayed by the endorsement that someone may get? Let me know what you think!



Filed under Election 2008, General Discussion

3 responses to “A New Format And Joan’s Roundtable Review

  1. Millie

    Joan, thanks for your fantastic post!

    For me, experience is much more important that personality. Someone can be an absolute charmer but that can always be faked. You can’t fake experience.

    That said, though, I don’t think Obama’s “lack” of experience should be held against him. There’s only one way to learn how to be President: by actually being The Commander In Chief.

    So technically, the only people who can TRULY tout the “expereince factor” are all ex-presidents – and none of THEM are running!

    p.s. I also thought Gloria Borger made a good point: “Why did he (Kerry) wait until after the NH primary to endorse Obama?”

  2. cstkitten

    I agree with you – I’d rather have experience. A little charm would be nice. My opinion is that our current administration lacks them both! 🙂

  3. WOW, so much stuff here, an excellent resource. Thanks guys!

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