The polls make it clear that Americans — Republicans especially — are disgusted with political insiders.
There’s something to be said for political experience. But as neurosurgeon Ben Carson, one of three outsiders at or near the top of the Republican presidential polls, noted: “There is more than 9,000 years of political experience in Congress. Look where it’s gotten us.”
We’ve learned through bitter experience that what matter most in a public officeholder are intelligence, courage and character — little of which are in evidence in Washington, D.C., these days.
An outsider president could compensate for his or her lack of experience in government by assembling a Cabinet for the ages. My dream Cabinet would consist of: