1. Do the people who want "someone just like me" as President or VP use that as their primary criterion when choosing an oncologist, surgeon, airline pilot, defense attorney, statistician, etc.?

2. Would the people who apparently held such low expectations for Sarah Palin in her first interview that she exceeded them have applied similarly low expectations to Hillary Clinton?

3. Does lying matter?  (Someone should ask John McCain this directly.)


cj said...

"I have had a strong and a long relationship on national security, I've been involved in every national crisis that this nation has faced since Beirut, I understand the issues, I understand and appreciate the enormity of the challenge we face from radical Islamic extremism. I am prepared. I am prepared. I need no on-the-job training. I wasn't a mayor for a short period of time. I wasn't a governor for a short period of time," - Senator John McCain, October, 2007.

Wil M said...

Judith Warner had an excellent column in the ny times about this today (9/12),

Sad to say, but I know people who feel this way, who want an "everyman" in the white house (a natural consequence of growing up in the south, I suppose), and it is both more prevalent and more dangerous than many democrats think. It is, in a way, a type of identity politics. Those who don't know (and don't care) about the Bush doctrine are going to turn out in droves for a candidate who doesn't know about the Bush doctrine in the same way that African Americans will turn out in droves for Obama. It's kind for kind, and it's scary powefrul.

Grendel said...

All the odds are on the man who is, intrinsically, the most devious and mediocre -- the man who can most easily (and) adeptly disperse the notion that his mind is a virtual vacuum. The presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron. -- H.L. Mencken