Fuck it, I’m gonna gripe.
I’m not sure spending months debating the details of each other’s baroque health care proposals is such a great way to run for President. There’s a lot more to the job than crafting and proposing legislation, and a lot of it involves matters of character and temperament and general principles; and legislation is written in Congress. Sure, these elaborate health care plans can serve as ways that candidates can show those qualities, but after a while it starts to feel like these people are really running for seats in Congress. And half of them are already Senators…
It might be better if Presidential candidates spent more time running for the job of President and less time running for the job of MegaSenator. Tell us what you think what the role of President is and what it should be, what America’s role in the world should be, what kind of people you’d hire as advisors, what you’d like Congress to work on in general, what kinds of bills you’d veto, which Beatles album is the best, etc.. Don’t tell us you want to be President while showing us how you think as a legislator.
P.S., I am not a crank.