Posted by E!!
on December 16, 2008
This test is pretty interesting. (Thanks goes out to Dr. Michael Clifford for pointing me to it.)
I’ve taken the Pew Research Center political spectrum test and others in the past, but this one is a little different. This not only shows you where you are on the Left/Right axis but also charts you on the spectrum between Authoritarian/Libertarian. (You’ll see what I mean after you take the test and have your “dot” plotted.)
You can also see where other famous and notorious persons fall on the chart, which is interesting in and of itself. (For example, I would have thought I was sort of a Maggie Thatcher type, but it turns out I am way more libertarian than she. I am at exactly the midpoint between the two extremes; she was more to the authoritarian side.)
I’d love to hear where everyone ends up (especially those of you I know either personally or via the blogosphere). Takes 5 to 10 minutes to answer the questions and the results are instant.
UPDATE: Getting lots of feedback that people are dissatisfied with the quality and/or clarity of the questions in the test. The Venerable Mr. Crum says he came out a “centrist” on both the “x” and “y” axis – but rightly points out that on the issues he is often more to the right than me (who came out 6 squares right of center).
Posted by E!!
on August 29, 2008
And now for a few Cons:
Palin has been governor only a short time. To place her a heartbeat away from the Oval Office – and the role of commander-in-chief – is a somewhat risky choice. Wouldn’t be as worrisome if McCain’s age weren’t what it is, but, it is what it is.
Politically speaking, it sort of undermines a large part of the case against Obama: inexperience, lack of credentials, lack of foreign policy and national security know-how.
She has never worked in D.C. so there will be a steep learning curve – and probably a few slip-ups. (Then again, McCain will make sure she has a great staff.)
And then to all those on the Right who have called the Obama candidacy an example of Tokenism, there’s this question: Would Palin would been picked if she were a man?
And the Unknowns:
How will the female thing play? The pro-choice feminists will all hate Palin, but the female Republican base might show up in never-yet-seen numbers. Bitter and disaffected Hillary supporters might vote for her out of spite. Or they might see her as a threat to Hillary in 2012 and decide they don’t want her anywhere near D.C.
(And what about the guys? Will men vote for her because she’s got great legs and is just waaaay better looking than Biden?)
Also, how will she do on the stump? Can she hold her own? Will she make any major gaffes (which will cause the opposition to Shriek and Point at her Inexperience)? Will Biden handle her well or come off looking like a bully when he goes up against her?
One thing is certain: it is going to be Very Interesting – and fun writing about it all.