Updated prez ordering

I’ve updated my presidential ordering. I added a technology column (duh, why didn’t I have that before) and I based my rankings in that category on this techcrunch post. The results:

  1. John McCain (67%)
  2. Barack Obama (66%)
  3. Mitt Romney (65%)
  4. Rudy Giuliani (58%)
  5. Mike Huckabee (45%)
  6. John Edwards (38%)
  7. Hillary Clinton (31%)

The percent number in parenthesis is the percentage of the ideal candidate. This makes it much easier to see how close the top 3 candidates are for me. Notice also how I was able to push Obama into the top two and McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, is number one.

UPDATE: In a flash, it just hit me how nice of an election season it would be with Obama and McCain the nominees.

7 thoughts on “Updated prez ordering”

  1. How did you come up with the scores for foreign policy for your top runners?

    Also – Obama just scored the XKCD nomination.

    Also – Edwards and Guiliani are dropping out.

    An Obama vs. McCain election would be very interesting indeed.

  2. Wow. Edwards is a shock, I think. No reaction at intrade to the news, looks like.

    Foreign policy was based on their views on Iraq mostly. “Immediate withdrawal” is a terrible policy, for example. I did think about giving Obama another point for being consistently against the war, which I think would have been an ok policy, but consistency is another category. Extra point to McCain and Guiliani b/c they’ve talked extensively and intensively about these issues so I got the sense they thought the issue important. Things like trade, immigration and climate treaties are subsumed in the other categories.

  3. Yes- I’m aware of the context. The joke was made in the context of a public space with electronic recording devices fully capable of reproducing this bit until the end of this historical epoch.

    Yes, he made a cute joke with a flip answer. It’d make a great bit on Leno. Public servants who represent the country in diplomatic situations don’t get a free pass, though.

    I’m not even into speech writing, but I’ll give it a shot:
    “As president, I will not rule out military force as an option to eliminate a clear and present danger to the US or its allies. Military force, up to and including the use of nuclear weapons, carries grave consequences which will be given due consideration before force is chosen. However, should a clear and present threat arise, I will not hesitate to use every means at my disposal to remove this threat.”

    See, that wasn’t so hard. You satisfy the hawks who don’t want us to go isolationist, and you placate the peacemongers by reassuring them that you won’t bust out the navy every time some tinpot dictator makes faces at you on TV. I’m sure McCain got an earful from his handlers after that little (and it was little) incident.

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