I think of voting for President as being like choosing a husband, or wife, or person to have an affair with. Not for me, y’unnerstand. I’m against having any branch of gov’t boil down to one guy with sex appeal. But psychosocially, yeah, that’s how it seems to shake out. The people, lacking patience for the details of policy wonkitude, default to their various psychologies of attraction. The details adjust to a different context, but there are recognizable parallels.
Barack Obama is, in political terms, a supermodel. He’s tall, he’s pretty, he’s charismatic.
John Edwards is that honors student in high school who we gave flack, because she lived in the rich neighborhood & “looked like an airhead.”
Bill Richardson is the slightly chubby girl who’s a good cook & has a great sense of humor. The one you actually marry, for many of us.
I’m not sure who Hillary is. I think she reminds us of the general run of schoolteachers.