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Albert R. Hunt

In the White House, Experience Really Does Count

Beto O’Rourke and Howard Schultz have a lot going for them. But not enough to be president.

Not yet, Beto.

Not yet, Beto.

Photographer: Sergio Flores/Bloomberg


I covered a lot of campaigns this year and none was more exciting than Beto O’Rourke’s race for a U.S. senate seat in Texas. Richard Ojeda, an old-fashioned blue-collar Democratic House contender trying to persuade West Virginians to return to their political roots, was compelling, too. I was disappointed that both lost.

I’ve never met Howard Schultz, the former chairman of Starbucks, but he’s on my list of most admirable American chief executives. (I rarely miss a day at Starbucks.)