February 21, 2007

AND TANCREDO WOULD KEEP SPILLING ON HIS HOOD:

Which candidates will pass the beer test? (Jonah Goldberg, 2/21/07, www.JewishWorldReview.com)

Interestingly, the GOP has a significant likability advantage (and disadvantages almost everywhere else). John McCain may be unpopular with much of the Republican base, but Americans would love to go to the pub with him. Rudy Giuliani, too, seems like a good guy with whom to watch a baseball game at the bar. The super-polished Mitt Romney's a tougher call, and Duncan Hunter would be a pain because he'd keep asking the immigration status of the busboys.

But the GOP front-runners (save perhaps Newt Gingrich) all have the advantage over Hillary. She may have star power, but you get the sense that most Americans would like to have their picture taken with her and then drink alone. With the exception of Sen. Christopher Dodd, I'd guess all of the Democratic wannabes are more likable than Clinton, too. Sexism probably is part of the equation, but not as much as Clinton's defenders will claim. There's room for perceptions to change as we get to know the candidates (though we already know Hillary pretty well).

Please don't be scandalized by all of this. It's just something to think about. For the record, I think everyone should vote based on principle. But principles are for a person; they're less helpful when it comes to predicting people.


We all had friends like Rudy in college--instead of drinking a beer with you he was hitting on everything in a skirt.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 21, 2007 9:14 AM
Comments

Is there something wrong with that in college Orrin? I guess you were the guys drinking beer and wishing some girl would talk to you.

What's next - prison time for people who get divorced?

Posted by: BJW at February 21, 2007 10:09 AM

Why allow divorce?

Posted by: oj [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 21, 2007 2:34 PM

Because Herny VIII and Martin Luther were cool with it.

Posted by: Lou Gots at February 21, 2007 2:53 PM

If we don't like Hillary, we are sexist, if we don't vote for Obama, we are racist. If we vote for any one of those Republican white guys, we are sexist racist pigs.

Posted by: ic at February 21, 2007 4:31 PM

ic. nice succinct summation.

Posted by: erp at February 21, 2007 5:36 PM
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