The Republican field, by contrast, is rich with executive experience. Rudy Giuliani was mayor of New York City for eight years, leading the city through the worst crisis in its history on September 11; Mitt Romney was governor of Massachusetts; Mike Huckabee was governor of Arkansas for 11 years. The Republican candidates from the Senate are highly experienced: John McCain has represented Arizona as a Senator since 1986; Fred Thompson served nine years in the Senate, representing Tennessee.
Experience isn't everything. Abraham Lincoln served one term in the U.S. House of Representatives, lost his bid for the Senate in 1858, and then became president in 1860. But Clinton, Obama and Edwards aren't Lincoln. They're relative newcomers with vaguely pacifistic ideas about foreign policy, utopian notions about domestic spending, and far-left credentials on social issues.
In a time of war, Americans want someone who has real ideas -- and someone who has done more than chat with President Clinton over breakfast, or deliver a keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, or win personal injury suits. The more the Democrats attack each other over their inexperience, the more Republicans seem better qualified to fill the Oval Office.