I don’t really mean that literally. But as I listen to the chatter from the various candidates, not to mention the White House, I wonder whether somebody who tells the obvious truth when you don’t want to hear it–like the federal government can’t solve all human problems, and government services have to be paid for somehow by somebody–would have any chance of getting elected? Academics and journalists spend their careers telling us what’s wrong with the tax code, the criminal justice system, Social Security etc., but somebody running for office has to be as vague as possible. I’d love to see a Dr. Phil focus on some public policy issue and ask “How’s that workin’ for you?”
If the choice came down to Bush, any Democratic candidate or Dr. Phil, who gets your vote?
Bah. We need more people like Al Sharpton in the race (not just the primaries). Otherwise we will continue to end up with idiots like Bush and Dean who just say what they think everyone wants to hear instead of actually telling us what they believe or showing their true colors in any way. If lesser knowns can steal enough votes, eventually the favorites would actually have to have substance to their campaigns.