Candidate Criteria

January 1, 2008 on 12:20 pm

Choosing among candidates without the benefit of party affiliation is the Independent’s challenge and duty. IDn’s role in this includes helping the Independent to focus on the who and the what of the candidates themselves.

It’s been said that a grand-slam, home run, job interview means that when you leave the room, you’re still in the room. In effect, they’ve gotten to know you as a person, have gotten inside your mind and can sense how it works, how you are likely to react to situations and stimuli. In short, you’ve made it easy for them to see you in the job and to decide how well you’ll fit in.

Well, this is pretty much what should happen in an election, except that the stakes are much higher. A Presidential contest is a mano a mano event where all is fair, which is, of course, to say that nothing is fair. It’s a no holds barred, devil take the hind most, near war where the candidates want to be all things to all voters, while at the same being that one special thing to each voter. Caveat emptor is both watch word and order of the day.

So, what do you do?

Here’s what. You go back to the basics. Consider and decide on which qualities, characteristics and skills a person should have to serve and succeed in the presidency. Next, put them in your order of importance and then evaluate the candidates against them. Do not be timid in this. Though only one voter alone, you are not at all powerless. Indeed, you have at your disposal the exact same powers as those who founded the country – reason, observation and the will to engage them. And in the engagement of these powers and faculties, we suggest that you consider the following:

Articulation

Competence

Courage

Humility

Humor

Integrity

Intelligence

Leadership

Listening

Presence

We’d like to have your views on these, and others. It would be great to have a reader exchange on this and see what develops.

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