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“Most likeable?”

June 12, 2007

CNN presidential candidate polls have reinvented the stupid question: “Which candidate do you think is the most likeable?”

Likeable? Absalom comes to mind. He set himself up as a judge outside the gate and reached out and touched people, assuring them he felt their pain.

“See, thy matters are good and right; but there is no man to hear thee by the king…Oh that I were made judge in the land, that every man who has any controversy and cause might come to me and I would do him justice! And it was so, that when any man came near to do him obeisance, he put forth his hand, and took him, and kissed him. And in this manner did Absalom to all Israel that came to the king for judgment; and Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.” (2 Samuel 15:3-5)

From there, Absalom, an accomplished fratricide, went on to launch full-scale rebellion against his father, King David.

CNN is polling prospective voters of both major parties to learn which candidate they would vote for if the primary were held today, which they think demonstrates the most leadership, which is the most likeable, which is the most believable, and which they think is most likely to defeat the other party’s nominee. On the Republican side, believability (McCain), likeability (Romney), and leadership (Giuliani) are not found in the same person. Republicans are not voting for the candidate they think is the best leader or the most believable. They are not voting for the candidate they think can win (Giuliani). But they would vote for the most likeable. At least today. The Democrats give Obama the nod as most believable and most likeable, but they would overwhelmingly vote for Clinton, and consider Clinton the best leader and the most likely to defeat the Republican nominee. So Republicans are more likely to vote for whom they like than Democrats. But their reasons for liking them are somewhat obscure.

I really have to declare this disgusting. The wars we are fighting and may soon be fighting are not important. The fact that we are subsumed with extranationals is not important. Slow economic death by inflation is not important. What is important is that whoever is in charge is likeable, whether he or she can lead, and whether or not we believe a thing he or she says. We want a likeable head of state.

Unfortunately it does not necessarily follow that insipid does as insipid is.


  1. Ruben permalink
    June 12, 2007 7:36 pm

    I think Ron Paul is very likeable.

  2. rightwingdog permalink
    June 12, 2007 7:58 pm

    You are so right! It is disgusting and CNN should be ashamed that they have stooped that low.
    However, when you think of the majority of — that dominates the news: like anything about Brittney, Lindsey or of course Paris. They had more time/footage when Anna Nicole died and her — will and who was the babies father than anything about he tragedies happening in Iraq or Washington. Then again, what can you expect from mostly liberal journalisysts.

  3. June 12, 2007 8:10 pm

    I think Ron Paul is extremely likeable, Ruben, but people seem not to like principled thought–or probably any thought, really.

  4. June 12, 2007 8:21 pm

    I think CNN is insipid. What I think stands out the most about Ron Paul is that he is not a cookie cutter candidate.

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