There are two kinds of questions that must be addressed to presidential hopefuls. Both are extremely important, neither of them more important than the other.
One of those questions seems to be the only one contemporary Americans seem able to ask: What are your views on the various issues that face America at home and abroad?
The other is just as vital but never seems to be considered: Are you a skilled, effective leader?
An incompetent president who agrees with you on the issues is a bad president. Isn’t that obvious? With that question in mind, think through the list of possible Republican candidates. Can you name one who has a proven track record of being a leader among Republicans?
It seems to me the Republican party is severely crippled by the inability of anyone in the party to lead anyone else in the party in anything constructive. Have I missed someone?
And if a person cannot be a leader in his or her own party, how in the world could that person be a leader of both Republicans and Democrats at home or a leader of an incredible diversity of allies abroad? Few potential candidates are as thoroughly incompetent as Sarah Palin but several come awfully close. And that should cause the Republicans to begin asking the second question — competence — at least as loudly as the first — views.
But it does not seem they even know how to ask such a question. That is sad.