I am a fan of all the cooking shows. Right now Top Chef is close to naming a winner. All of the remaining chefs are outstanding at their craft. The last two to be eliminated didn’t lose because of a lack of talent. They showed poor judgment. One served chicken and waffles using frozen waffles. He should have changed to a different dish but was stubborn. The other was defeated by his arrogance. He tried something he could not possibly finish in the allotted time. Stubbornness and arrogance are among the strongest factors in exercising poor judgment.
We have many criteria for choosing our leaders but good judgment should be the top priority. What if the Confederacy hadn’t fired on Fort Sumter? What if the allies hadn’t punished Germany after World War 1? What if Bush 43 hadn’t responded to the financial meltdown?
So how does our current crop of presidential candidates stack up? I’m afraid not very well. Because of his arrogance, Donald Trump can barely open his mouth without making a poor judgment. Ted Cruz has been so stubborn he has alienated virtually all of his colleagues. Unfortunately Hillary Clinton shares her husband’s belief that the rules don’t apply to them. The email scandal and her continued untruths about it are a recent example. I respect Marco Rubio but he has been doing a lot of stupid things lately. The one person in the field exercising the best judgment is John Kasich. Unfortunately, he has virtually no chance of getting the nomination.
Forget about ideology. Forget about likeability. Forget about oratorical skills. Even forget about experience. Choose the candidate with the best judgment.