It would be nice if political experience translated neatly into superior Executive performance.
But, it doesn't seem to work that way, which is why Lincoln's statue occupies a marble temple on the Mall in Washington, while his far more experienced rival William Seward has a little seat on a pedestal in New York City.
Experience is not the sole quality of good leadership. It is only a factor that coexists with character. Its not just what you have done, but the manner by which you have done it and what you have learned doing it. President Nixon was very experienced politician however, his lack of character led to a doomed Presidency.
If experience is so useful, then second-term presidencies should be more successful than first-term. But, I think history shows us many examples to the contrary.
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