Point: Republican candidates unqualified

Dana Elleman

The 2016 U.S. presidential race has been different from many in the past.

One of the most interesting things to witness is the amount of Republican candidates who genuinely believe they’re qualified for the job.

What has captured my attention this cycle is how the standards for being the lead candidate, specifically in the Republican party, are drastically diffe
rent from those required by the Democrats.

In particular, all of the leading Democrats in the race are politicians.

One would think that being an experienced politician is one of the most important factors in qualifying someone whose aim is to occupy the most important office in the country.

After all, when applying for a senior position at any other job, the most significant qualifying factor is the amount of experience you have in that field.

The Democrats in this race, no matter what else has been said about them, fit this model.

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, the two candidates most likely to receive their party’s nomination, are both seasoned politicians who, if elected, will actually understand how to enact policy.

The Republican party’s most popular candidates stand in stark contrast to this model, which is evidence for how desperate and agenda–driven the Republican party has become.

At this point, no one even cares whether the Republican candidate has any idea how to enact policy – what matters is that a Republican is in office.

Since none of the Republicans in Washington have any pull with the American public anymore, they have turned their attention toward Donald Trump and Ben Carson, neither of whom have had any experience in politics before.

Both have risen to their positions by catering to their party’s wishes in bizarre and extreme ways.

This is not to say that the Democratic party has never been guilty of similar crimes.

No one in any party gets elected without pandering to some audience.

The extent, to which the Republicans are willing to go in order to put one of their members in office is representative of how incongruent their policy is with the wishes of the American public, and should be a wake-up call to their supporters to reconsider being a part of their party.

This just goes to show that no matter how much money you pump into an election, if your message doesn’t resonate with voters, it will become increasingly difficult for you to even be considered.

If the Republicans cannot put forward their best and brightest in Washington to become president, it shows how disconnected they are from those they claim to represent.