Douglas MacKinnon

Candidate B: Middle-aged. Went to college and got a degree. Served in the National Guard for six years. Became a sergeant. While in the National Guard, earned a law degree. Became an investigator for a consumer-protection division. Was elected to a federal office. Was re-elected to a federal office. Was elected to a federal statewide office. Was re-elected to a federal state-wide office. Served in the executive branch for four years.

Either in person or over the phone, I showed or recited exactly as written above, the background of these two candidates to voters who don't follow politics very closely. I ended up speaking with twenty different people from diverse backgrounds.

To be sure, some of those I spoke with rightfully said, “In reality, I'd need to know a lot more than you're giving me.” Accepting that caveat, all 20 people picked Candidate B. Candidate B is Dan Quayle.

Candidate A is Barack Obama.

Stripped of his name, the color of his skin, or his history-making primary win, in a blind, experience-only test, does Mr. Obama possess a resume that is worthy of the Oval Office?

Should one of the left-of-center “news” organizations decide to conduct such a poll, I suspect the response of the American people may shock and depress them. But then again, maybe not.

While not willing to be honest or fair to their readers and viewers, biased liberal media managers tend not to spin themselves. Hence, their embarrassingly skewed polls that favor Mr. Obama.

No matter. The final poll will be taken on Nov. 4. Most of the people won't be fooled.


Douglas MacKinnon

Douglas MacKinnon is a former White House and Pentagon official and author of The Secessionist States of America. (Skyhorse Publishing, 2014)

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