I believe the name of the candidate that fills the majority of the answers in 10 particular questions deserves your vote.
Last week, I discussed the first five questions. (If you haven't read those, please do so before proceeding.)
Here are the last five questions:
5) Who has the best chance of beating President Obama, in and outside of debates?
Providing the best and worthiest contender to enter the ring against Obama is critical because four more years of his reign certainly would bring the kiss of death to so much that we have held dear.
It is imperative that Obama's GOP rival be very polished and articulate, possess a comprehensive knowledge of America and the world, including societal and political ills and historical solutions, and be able to recall quickly Obama's failed solutions and promises.
As Thomas Jefferson once said, "I should consider the speeches of Livy, Sallust, and Tacitus, as pre-eminent specimens of logic, taste, and that sententious brevity which, using not a word to spare, leaves not a moment for inattention to the hearer. Amplification is the vice of modern oratory."
4) Who has the best abilities to lead Washington politics and politicians?
Leading in Washington is unlike leading in any other setting, political or otherwise. That is why I believe we need to be careful how we throw around the pejorative term "insider."
Is all Washington experience negative "insider" politics? Absolutely not. To be sure, one man's "insider" is another man's "expert." As Robert Frost once said, "you can be a rank insider as well as a rank outsider."
Though having a presidential "outsider" win the White House has its appeal, where does U.S. capital inexperience cross over to ineptness? And aren't most Washington "outsiders" at least somewhat restricted by their inexperience and unfamiliarity of the vast web of Washington workings?
Longevity in Washington has a tendency to create bad politicians, but we must remember that it also has the ability to refine its good ones. What's critical here is that the next president has not only a great working knowledge of Washington but also superior experience in getting things done there. Without that, he will spend a large part of the first term in office just learning the ropes and spinning his Washington wheels mastering the maze.
3) Who has the best plan and leadership ability to restore America's economy?