Candidates like Carly Fiorina and Donald Trump may seem untarnished by the incestuous system of campaign finance that taints every single Washington insider but they are tainted by an ignorance of the inside workings of governance.
I never thought I’d be this dismayed about Scott Walker dropping out of the race for the GOP presidential nomination. I don’t like Scott Walker. I hate his anti-union stance and the way he devalues education is truly anathema to me. I do not want him to be president of the United States. And yet I am dismayed. And his exit makes me a touch dismayed about the recent exit of Rick Perry. I’m clinging to hope that someone who has actually held elective office will stay in the race long enough to be heard over the madding crowd of much-vaunted outsiders.
Dear lord, please let the GOP nominee be an insider. If not a Washington insider like Marco Rubio, at least a government insider like John Kasich. Someone who knows what the job description of president of the United States actually is and how the government the executive presides over functions.
I listen to the things they’re saying and the promises they’re making and their ideas often fall outside the scope of powers allowed to the president. That wall Donald Trump swears he’ll build? It would have to be authorized by statute, and I’m frankly not sure what committee would have jurisdiction over something like that. Homeland Security, I suppose, though perhaps Interior since it would be structural. Then the cost would have to be written into the budget, which is at the discretion of Congress with no approval at all from the president. Finally, the funds to build and staff the wall would have to be appropriated by yet another committee – two really since the House and Senate would have to agree to the funds. The president could have staff working the issue form inception to passage but the president can’t just say “Let there be wall!”
Ben Carson was talking about how Muslim values are inconsistent with the values of the Constitution. For one thing, the Constitution is not a statement of values: it’s a statement of governing principals, an allocation of rights and powers to various entities within the United States. It holds no biases to any set of religious ideologies. Second of all, a religious test for holding office actually forbidden by the Constitution, which Dr. Carson would know if he’s every actually read the First Amendment. An amendment, I might add, that is only about three lines long, depending on how big a font you’re reading. It’s not a heavy lift reading-wise.
Carly Fiorina is happy to tell you all the ways in which she hates Planned Parenthood and how she’d support defending it but I’d be very surprised if she had any idea about the mechanisms by which is currently receives federal funding under Medicaid and Title X. I’m not certain she knows which agency grants the money to Planned Parenthood or what the Hyde Amendment is and how it partitions federal funds from abortion services.
Candidates like these may seem untarnished by the incestuous system of campaign finance that taints every single Washington insider but they are tainted by an ignorance of the inside workings of governance. They may not be beholden to special interests (yet) but they are also not nearly experienced enough with governing to be the leader of the free world as their first DC job.
I hope these outsiders never see the inside of the Oval Office.
Rebekah Kuschmider is a DC area writer with a background in non-profit management and advocacy. Her work has been seen at Babble, Scary Mommy, Huffington Post, The Mid, Redbook online, and The Broad Side. She is the creator of the blog Stay at Home Pundit and is a contributor to the upcoming book Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox (an anthology, SheWrites Press, Nov. 2015). You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter.