Ever since Sarah Palin was heralding as the saving grace of McCain’s campaign, cable TV news has been explaining that this is because the average American identifies with her, and that overall she is “one of us“. The idea is that she is more of an “average American” (whatever that means) because she is a “hockey mom” and served on her local PTA and is not an Ivy League, east coast elitist.
Instead of arguing that anyone who is from Alaska is anything but average, I have a different question. Since when is being average a quality that is looked upon as positive? Since when is that something that qualifies anyone to be elected?
I think the opposite is true. We should look for the best and the brightest to make decisions that can have such an impact on our lives. Incompetency is incompetency – just because you grew up next door to me does not mean I think you would do a good job as Vice-President (whatever that really means…).
Choosing to vote for someone using the same criteria you use to choose your friends is just plain stupid. Mediocre may be a good description of most people – that doesn’t mean you should strive for it.