Reflection on the 2012 election for POTUS
Here are some thoughts about the recent election for President of the United Status POTUS. I will state once again I am not an Obama fan. Also I am not a Romney fan. However in reading the post election news something caught my attention and thus led me to write this post.
Judgement is demonstrated in many different ways and is demonstrated to the world in part by what choices are made and by how one perceives and acts on the news of the world. Judgement is one of the many factors need to demonstrate the competence for any high level executive position including the position of POTUS.
John McCain demonstrated a lack of competence by selecting Sarah Palin for the vice-presidential slot on the 2008 Republican ticket. His judgement was flawed. McCain considered Sarah Palin to be qualified to be one heartbeat away from the position of POTUS; not a demonstration of judgement.. As much as I dislike many of the Obama policies I suspect that McCain would have been worse.
During the days following the recent election I started seeing reports about how Romney was 'shellshocked' at the loss.
What I want to know is how could Romney have been 'shellshocked' when the overwhelming signal from the polling was that Obama was in the lead? This is not a case of being 'disappointed' at close loss. 'Shellshocked' means you truly expected to win without a doubt but lost big. But some might say 'It was not Romney's fault. His advisers and pollsters mislead him.' To which I reply 'One key responsibility of any executive is to pick top quality advisers and to be able to detect when they are spouting nonsense.'
Anyone could check the trend lines on
For the three weeks prior to the election the Obama trend was up and the Romney trend was down. Anyone with a basic understanding of statistics should have seen that there was a lot of data pointing to an Obama victory. If the internal Romney pollsters were saying something different then why did not Romney bring in a variety of statistics professors and professional pollsters to look at the internal Romney numbers. So far I can find no evidence that this was done. Anyone who claims any sort of management or executive competence should have seen this. Not Romney; he was 'shellshocked'. I am trying to be nice so I will simply say that I find Romney 'Incompetent for the office of POTUS'.
However it does bring to mind the someone with a distorted worldview who was POTUS for two terms; Bush/Cheney. I list it this way since it was always unclear to me the extent to which Bush was a puppet and Cheney the puppet master. Bush/Cheney serves as a perfect example of being unable to see beyond a narrow self-serving and inaccurate view of the world; perhaps self deluding would be an apt description. Remember the special intelligence channels setup by Cheney; remember all of the nonsense about a quick withdrawal from Iraq; remember the nonsense about the entire operation paying for itself via oil; remember the reports of Bush blathering on about Gog and Magog to French President Jacques Chirac in 2003; remember all of the lies. Bush/Cheney was a disaster. And we suffered through eight years of it.
So whenever I start feeling unhappy about Obama winning the election I can reflect that it might have been worse; it could have been Romney.