Bernie is going to need some help on foreign affairs, but don’t let her international realism, her tough talk be too persuasive. I think she is without a doubt more knowledgeable on foreign affairs, and he did concede that point tonight, but I have every confidence that he is smart enough to put the people in place who will inform and carry out his policy.
I think he is head and shoulders better on nearly every other issue, and on many of those issues, I am simply morally and philosophically aligned with him. Take the death penalty, there is simply nothing she can say that can convince me that the death penalty is ever appropriate. Failings in the criminal justice system too many to enumerate here have shown that we should not grant the system power to enact the ultimate punishment. On trade and the economy, he simply stands where I stand on the issue.
Look, a lot of people like the idea that government should be run like a business. I do not, but I do know that if I did, I recognize that the CEO has accountants and marketing experts and production managers and HR to help him/her in the developing strategies for how to get to where the CEO’s vision dictates. Bernie has a strong vision and he has an understanding of what needs to be done to get us there and he has the humility to put people in place to augment his strengths and minimize his weaknesses. I find him to be the consummate leader.
I find Hillary to have a muddled vision on nearly all issues. I think she is one hell of a technocrat. She is incredibly detail oriented and technically competent. I respect that. She would make an amazing operations manager or VP of something, but I simply don’t see her as a leader with a clear vision. I’m not convinced that she knows where she would like to see the country go. I can’t tell if she can give an elevator pitch about what the country needs. I know Bernie could. I think that clear vision is of paramount importance when it comes to organizational leadership, especially when that organization is 300+ million strong.