Wednesday, December 17
Over on Trey Givens I found this interesting test which tries to recommend a presidential candidate based on your opinions on various policies. I got this:
1. Your ideal theoretical candidate. (100%)The only purpose this serves, really, is to illustrate once again just how weird American politics seems to an Australian. The highest ranking actual person* is Howard-flipping-Dean. Howard Dean, for crying out loud. I tick It is appropriate for the US to take unilateral military action against enemy nations--for example Iraq. and give it High importance, and I get Howard the Duck.
2. Libertarian Candidate (61%)
3. Dean, Gov. Howard, VT - Democrat (54%)
4. Gephardt, Rep. Dick, MO - Democrat (51%)
5. Socialist Candidate (44%)
6. Edwards, Senator John, NC - Democrat (43%)
7. Clark, Retired General Wesley K., AR - Democrat (42%)
8. Lieberman, Senator Joe, CT - Democrat (40%)
9. Sharpton, Reverend Al - Democrat (40%)
10. Bush, President George W. - Republican (40%)
11. Moseley-Braun, Former Senator Carol, IL - Democrat (40%)
12. Green Party Candidate (38%)
13. Kerry, Senator John, MA - Democrat (36%)
14. Kucinich, Rep. Dennis, OH - Democrat (32%)
15. Phillips, Howard - Constitution (21%)
16. LaRouche, Lyndon H. Jr. - Democrat (16%)
17. Hagelin, Dr. John - Natural Law (10%)
Then "Big" Dick Gephardt.
Then a fictional Socialist Candidate.
Then John Edwards, about whom the only thing I know is that he is probably less loathsome than fraudulent TV "psychic" John Edward.
Then Clark, Retired General Wesley K. "Krusher", the anti-war general.
Then Joe Lieberman, who at least appears to inhabit the same planet as the rest of us.
Then the Immensely Reverend Al Sharpton. The only thing he has in his favour is that he isn't Dennis "The Menace" Kucinich.
Then Bush, President George W. I don't care much for some of his domestic policies - the War on Drugs he inherited, but Faith-Based Initiatives is his own - but he is the only one of the lot I would trust to run America right now.**
Here's a little note the test designers attached to the info page:
What sort of score should my top candidate have? If your top candidate scores in the 90’s or the high 80’s then you’ll be very pleased with this candidates positions.It's not great surprise to see the Libertarians at the top of the list - though I disagree with the Libertarian Party on some important issues - but the highest ranking real candidate that is not either a nonentity or an active menace is Joe Lieberman at just 40%.
If your top candidate scores in the low 80’s or less, retake the selector, but this time try varying the priority settings below each issue area--set some “high” and some “low”. Optionally, you might try taking the selector again, but this time, do not answer those questions on issues for which you have little passion or interest.
If your top candidate did not get at least 50%, then all we can is that you have a unique combination of political views.
I wouldn't have thought my political views were unique... But maybe they are somewhat unusual in the context of mainstream America.
* He is, isn't he?
** Since I'm an Aussie and have no say in the matter, it is a good thing for me that he is running America right now.
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