Wrong way to judge a candidate

Christian Science Monitor
by Carla Seaquist

05/15/07

With Election Day 2008 more than a year-and-a-half off, already the presidential campaign is — sigh — energetically under way. And already — groan — we hear the media discuss it as a popularity contest. As in 2000 and 2004, the media are at it again: Candidates are rated for ‘likability.’ Once again, we Americans are asked: With whom would we rather hang out? Once again, extraneous factors such as voice (Hillary Clinton’s) and lack of hair (Rudy Giuliani’s) are noted and mocked. By these superficial measures, President Bush’s perceived affability trumped the stiffness of Vice President Al Gore and Sen. John Kerry in the 2000 and 2004 elections. And look what it got us: a president who leaves an abysmal record that even many Republicans disavow...

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