I’m just surprised that the people making this test could actually nail down Kerry on a few positions.
Anyway, the poll ranked the candidates exactly in my order of electability (except for Kucinich, who should be way at the bottom, even lower than Bush).
1. Kerry, Senator John, MA – Democrat (100%)
2. Lieberman Senator Joe CT – Democrat (92%)
3. Kucinich, Cong. Dennis, OH – Democrat (91%)
4. Gephardt, Cong. Dick, MO – Democrat (88%)
5. Edwards, Senator John, NC – Democrat (84%)
6. Dean, Gov. Howard, VT – Democrat (76%)
7. Graham, Senator Bob, FL – Democrat (72%)
8. Moseley-Braun, Former Senator Carol IL – Democrat (69%)
9. Sharpton, Reverend Al – Democrat (69%)
10. Bush, George W. – US President (23%)
This selector has made the rounds, and it seems to be rigged in favor of Kucinich, but more to the point, it is rigged in favor of thinking about the race in the wrong way. Candidates aren’t packages of choices between static options, but instead, they are a way of getting to a particular end result.
It is the method, as much as the objective, which appeals to people. And policy positions aren’t able to capture this.
Agreed…I thought it was ridiculous that they asked whether you agreed with certain groups rather than asking directly about the issues. That was downright silly.