I was reading C.J. Box's "I Don't Like You Either" post about how he came to realize that President Obama doesn't like him or the people who share his values.
And I've been picking up this sentiment from various people for a while. Pollsters will tell you that voters connect with candidates who are likeable but also candidates who are like them. I suppose, as part of that dynamic, that candidates shouldn't accidentally display utter contempt for huge blocks of voters.
But are Republicans much better? I realize that my support for limited government may be a bit more thoroughgoing than yours. But I have a really hard time with many Republican candidates, too.
Now, I don't think Mitt Romney hates me. But John McCain? Sure. He seemed to dislike everyone, right? And his views were all over the place. But as I look back -- in general -- at the politicians our country has produced in recent years, I can't help but think that something is off.
My brother and I were talking about the election recently and he wondered why so many candidates were so weak and unprincipled.
Is it just that the older I get, the more I realize how inconsistent, corrupt or unwise politicians are? Or is that our country is less capable of producing solid candidates now?
There are a few politicians I greatly admire, even when I disagree with them. But we're at a low point when it comes to developing men and women of virtue and leadership, right?