The question of experience hovers over this campaign and it should.
Congress is a great place to gain experience where hundreds of other Representatives or Senators dilute the opinions and judgement of an individual. The excesses of a McCarthy is reigned in, eventually.
But the president is much less constrained. He selects a cabinet with immense power. Our economy and our foreign affairs are very complicated. There is no substitute for experience and judgement; and lets face it, judgement contains some element of experience.
Big changes in tax rates, government programs such as health care and big shifts in foreign policy executed without experience and understanding can be be detrimental no matter how ‘brilliant’ the proponent.
Nothing should should be off the table when examining our candidates.