you found out there’s some serious structural damage in your house, and you need to hire a contractor. You’ve narrowed it down to two — one who is well known in town and another who has experience dealing with the issue.
So you’re interviewing the well-known local, asking him how he can fix the problem, but all he can talk about is the other contractor. The other contractor says she’s Jewish! “So?” you ask. ”She got jobs working for the Jewish Community that she wasn’t entitled to, because she’s not really Jewish!”
“Do you have proof of this?”
“No, but look at her! You can see that she’s not.”
“OK, but can you tell me how you can fix our problem?”
But the guy doesn’t want to talk about details of his past work, or specifics of how he’d repair your home. He spends more time saying nasty things about the other contractor. You heard that he works with some subcontractors with a bad reputation, some group called McConnell & Friends. But when you ask him about it, he says that’s not important. “You’re not hiring the subcontractors!” he says. “You’re hiring me!”
Is this the guy you want fixing your home?
For all the Rebublican talk about how government should be run more like industry, I’ve never been part of a hiring process in the private sector where job candidates got ahead in the process by trying to crap all over another candidate instead of telling about their own achievements.
We’ve got some serious problems to be fixed in this country, and we are now in the job interview process for United States Senator. One candidate has some great experience helping to fix a big problem, being the driving force behind creating the Consumer Financial Protection Board. The other candidate doesn’t seem to want to talk about many specifics of what he did or what he’ll do, except to say that he works well with others, yet he spends much of his interview time criticizing his competitor. He won’t refuse to support putting other senators in power who will be terrible for the country.That’s not who I’d hire to do a job in my home, and it’s certainly not who I am supporting to be my next Senator.