A Moment of Cooled-Off Rhetoric: What If This Election Isn't Huge?
A post on Business Insider makes the case that this election is a comparatively low-stakes one.
And that’s partly because both candidates, despite partisan caricatures of this election pitting a socialist against a plutocrat, are pragmatic moderates. Both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are deliberate problem-solvers who relish gathering and analyzing data to inform decisions. Romney approaches problems as a Harvard Business School case study; Obama as a law school case to be socratically unpacked. Obama’s charisma and speaking abilities are prodigious, but neither candidate can be said to be a natural-born, back-slapping politico. They are cool technocrats.
Author Andrés Martinez goes on to point out how the two major candidates would approach dominant issues like the fiscal cliff in similar ways, partially because they'll simply have to.
It's well reasoned to a point—of course, we're not electing a president alone, but also their vice president (I'd say those candidates are pretty different fellows) and their cabinets and all of the other folks and policies that come with them.
Martinez closes by saying that of course all elections are important. I appreciate the chance to reflect on the similarities between the two men, but there's more to the election than the two men and their approaches to problem-solving.
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