BUT, personal popularity is important. If you took away the "likeability" quotient from Obama and turned him into, say, John Kerry, the policies would be nearly identical but the chance of getting them installed would fall by half. We won't have a conservative government, by anybody's definition, anytime soon if we can't find somebody with some personal charm. Like it or not, the "low information voter" votes for who, he likes and policy, if it figures at all, is a distant second place. That person may turn out to be Christie.
Or would you rather have Hillary?