A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION looms on the horizon, and already the nation's great organs of opinion--and occasionally of fact--are gearing up to serve the commonweal and, ever so quietly, their own biases.
Already we are told that Herman Cain--the non-politician seeking the Republican nomination--had two untoward incidents in the 1990s with ladies who were not his wife…or maybe he did not. He pleads innocent. His wife does too. Then there is Governor Rick Perry. He has appeared hesitant on the debate platform. First, he said he was fatigued. Then he explained he is a bad debater, and so what? Ours is not a parliamentary system, and the only time a candidate's ability to debate is exigent is during election time. After that, a candidate's powers of debate matter about as much as a candidate's facility with chopsticks. Judgment, decisiveness, managerial skill, and experience are what matter. Witness the pitiable floundering of the Obama administration.