While it’s obviously not the only criterion I would use, one simple thought experiment I do when considering presidential candidates is what I call “The Babysitter Test.” It’s quite simple: would I allow the president or candidate to babysit my kids?
Looking back, the score stands like this:
- Every Republican President Since I Was Born: only if Nancy, Barbara or Laura were there to actually take care of the kids.
- Bill Clinton: Hahaha nope! Maybe Chelsea. But still, probably nope.
- Barack Obama: Sure. Especially if Michelle and the girls were there. The kids would have a great time.
- Hillary Clinton: Probably not. She would just dump the kids on a Secret Service guy and leave.
- Donald Trump: No. No chance. Never. Even though I never have and probably never will meet him, I’m still considering getting a restraining order against him, just in case.
It baffles me how people seem to think that voting for a terrible man like Trump will somehow lead to good nominations for supreme court justices. This is, by the way, the only excuse I’ve heard intelligent people use to justify their possible votes for the guy.
By the way, this post should not be taken as endorsement for Hillary Clinton, either. There are other options. My advice this year is Vote Weird. Find a third party candidate you like, or that you dislike less than the leading two, and vote for them.
I’m glad we had this little talk.