Politics is not for amateurs

imageLast week I posted a terrific ad for Monica Wehby, who is running for the Republican Senate nomination in Oregon. She is a paediatric neurosurgeon, and the ad shows why she seems to be a very good one. That it speaks not at all to the skills she may or may not have as a potential politician seems obvious. Still, for many reasons, including that she is not a radical right-wing nut job, she is an attractive candidate.

But, as Daily Kos notes:

With greater scrutiny have come some stumbles, of a kind you often see with first-time candidates. Wehby utterly botched her interview with Willamette Week’s editorial board, leading the paper to say she “fumble[d] her way through” the sit-down, “waffled endlessly” on Obamacare, and offered “befuddling answers” that were “at times disingenuous”—before they endorsed her primary opponent, state Rep. Jason Conger.


Following this debacle, Wehby decided not to participate in the only televised GOP debate of the year. It’s a strange choice for a candidate without much name recognition or money, and if she can’t handle Conger, how is she supposed to take on Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley, who is far more accomplished?

This doesn’t mean that there are not many ways to prepare for a career in politics, only that success in any one field is not necessarily transferable to success as a political candidate or an elected representative.
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