Today Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama got into some real elbow-jostling over the economy. Clinton implied that Obama didn't have her level of experience to manage it, and Obama shot back that he wasn't sure "exactly what experiences she's claiming" that she had. Neither, after all, has been Treasury secretary (or even managers of a business of any kind). Which raises a point we've been quietly grumbling about for a long time: Neither of them has any experience being president. Not even Hillary, who watched it from close up.
Let's put it this way. Remember when you were first applying for internships out of college or graduate school, and you'd go somewhere and interview with some lowly manager or HR person? She'd tap her sharpened Dixon Ticonderoga No. 2 Soft pencil, look at your résumé, and say, "I don't see any secretarial experience here." And you'd say, "I have my master's in journalism from Columbia." And she'd ask, "Have you been an assistant before? Can you manage filing and inventories of office supplies?" And you'd explain, "I graduated from Duke magna cum laude and was an editor at my school paper." To which they'd reply, "Yeah, but can you photocopy?" At which point you would give up on your lifelong quest to be a journalist and go into marketing where you could make a hell of a lot more money and not have to suffer such fools ever again.
Giuliani must be seriously freaked about Iowa and New Hampshire. Just as a group called "9/11 Parents & Families of Firefighters" is preparing to pillory his terrorism record with a town-hall meeting today in Hanover, New Hampshire, the Republican candidate has launched his first direct-mail offensive that touts him as "America's Mayor." While he's boasted about his 9/11 record in the past, until now he's refrained from using his media-given nickname to get attention. But with Romney in the lead in the two key early-primary states, Giuliani is now targeting voters in both with a pamphlet explaining how he "led the largest rescue and recovery operation in US history."