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To Be Cool or to Be Effective, That Is the Question

September 16, 2012

We’re all – or should be –  thinking about whom to vote for in November.

The young folks say Romney isn’t cool, but Obama is.

Check out the cool test for the David Letterman crowd:

Does “cool” trump the (other) attributes necessary to run the most powerful country in the world?  We could probably all agree that George W. Bush was not cool.

Neither was Jimmy Carter (except, for some, it was arguably cool to pull the lever for a peanut farmer).  Bill Clinton, that rascal, whose popularity is now at an all-time high, is definitely cool.  Or at least so they tell me. Was Lincoln cool?  Seriously doubtful.

But I digress.

When you’re cool, people are pre-disposed to want to be your friend. At least, that’s how it works in youth culture.

Romney was the Republican governor of a Democrat state. He got a lot of things done, through compromise.

Obama was a Democrat senator – briefly – in a Democrat state. Obama and the Republican-majority U.S. House have been unable to agree on anything for two years.

One thing we ought to think about is which candidate can build bridges. If the President can’t work with folks in the other party, it’s likely that no work for the people gets done for another four years.

Romney has successfully worked with one of the most partisan Democrat majority state legislatures in the country. Although he promised to build bridges across the aisle, President Obama hasn’t worked well with anyone with an R beside their name. At least on this dimension, it seems to me the choice is clear.

Cool is getting everyone on the same page to make life better in America.

What do you think?

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