Sunday, February 10, 2008

Election by quizzing

I just completed a quiz that has told me who I'm supporting in the US Presidential Election: As most of the candidates have dropped out anyway, I've probably done this a bit late. But I appear to be favouring someone I've never heard of .

79% Dennis Kucinich
77% Barack Obama
76% John Edwards
75% Hillary Clinton
75% Bill Richardson
74% Mike Gravel
73% Chris Dodd
73% Joe Biden
43% Rudy Giuliani
36% John McCain
30% Mitt Romney
28% Mike Huckabee
19% Fred Thompson
16% Ron Paul
14% Tom Tancredo

2008 Presidential Candidate Matching Quiz

The questions are a bit rigid as well. I wouldn't come out as being against 'free trade' the way that I'm asked to, but I suspect that my answer would be interpreted by placing me a good deal further to the right on this issue that I am. There's 'free trade' and 'free trade as negotiated by powerful lobbyists' - two different things.

But mostly, the point I want to make on these quizzes is that I really don't want to vote for someone who shares my stupid, ill-informed opinions. I want to vote for someone who strike all of the right balances and govern well.

Someone who has an intelligent approach to involving more people - in an appropriate way - in policymaking. Someone who is invulnerable to pressure-groups. Someone who has enough authority to be able to tell their own party bureaucrats to get stuffed. Someone who knows how to stand up to newspapers (and someone who has a workable plan to neuter the fuckers). Someone who knows where the holy grail of policymaking can be found: The book entitled "How To Stop Civil Servants and Management Consultants From Running the Country In Their Own Interests."

I want to vote for someone who can demonstrate that they understand what society's problems are, and that they wish to be judged on how they tackle those problems in the long-term. But most of all, I want to be able to vote for someone who is likely to run for election in the country that I live in, as opposed to a country that I've seen too much of on TV, but have never visited.

1 comment:

a very public sociologist said...

I may be wrong but isn't Kucinich the avowed socialist guy I sometime hear about. Doesn't he represent Vermont or somewhere East Coast like that?