Saturday, May 15, 2004
EXECUTIVE EXPERIENCE. We've been told over and over and over again that Senator Kerry has experience that uniquely qualifies him to be our Commander in Chief. We decided to do some research on this. Everyone knows that President Bush has been our Commander in Chief these past four years. Before that he was governor of Texas, the head of a major league baseball franchise and operator of miscellaneous oil service companies. Senator Kerry has been a legislator for 20 years, which is not an executive position because executives are responsible for getting things done and legislators aren't. Prior to that he was a lieutenant governor, which sounds executive but isn't because lieutenant governors are like vice presidents, invited to a lot of meetings but not in charge of anything. If we look all the way back to Kerry's youth, we do find one brief period of executive responsibility: he commanded a swift boat in Vietnam — for 90 days — over 30 years ago. Of course, there is one aspect of the executive life with which Senator Kerry is intimately familiar, which may or may not impress the voters. He doesn't talk much about this area of his expertise, though, for whatever reason. He appears to be hanging his hat on having once been a lieutenant in the navy.
We can't help pointing out that rarely in the annals of military history has a lieutenant sought such a promotion. (Of course, Hitler was a corporal...) So to be fair, we dug into the specifics and compiled the following for your consideration.