Friday, May 23, 2008

Obama Says Experience Not Necessary - Judgment Enough

Kimberly Strassel's weekly Potomac Watch column in the Wall Street Journal points to a claim frequently made by Barack Obama that his superior judgement makes up for his lack of experience;
"And so it goes, as Mr. Obama shifts and shambles, all the while telling audiences that when voting for president they should look beyond "experience" to "judgment." In this case, whatever his particular judgment on Iran is on any particular day."

It reminds me of an old adage, attributed by many to Jim Horning: "Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment." Horning modestly disavows coming up with this himself, pointing to a Sufi sage, Mulla Nasrudin. Whoever came up with it, it's spot-on
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