Four years ago, someone told me they were voting for George Bush because he was the sort of guy they’d like to have a beer with. I seem to recall hearing a lot of talk like that back then.
I don’t hear much talk like that today, but the question is still an interesting one, isn’t it? I mean, asking a question of that sort is clearly a way to explore how we really feel about a person. When we take care to be very honest in answering it, then it’s a way to bring out what our gut instincts are telling us about someone.
Naturally, “who we’d want to drink a beer with” was a poor question to ask. Indeed, the last four years have show us just how wrong that question was — it takes far more to run a country than a mere talent for being an amiable drunk, no matter what Karl Rove thinks.
But are there still some hypothetical questions worth asking? Questions that reveal something about how we subconsciously think of the candidates?
Now and then, I’ve borrowed small sums from friends. Five, ten or twenty dollars. Likewise, friends have now and then borrowed small sums from me. I bet many people loan out and borrow small sums that way.
Well, this morning the thought occurred to me, “The only candidate I would — in real life — completely trust to pay back a twenty dollar loan is Barack Obama. The others might pay it back, but I think Obama can be counted on to pay it back.”
So, I guess that’s what my subconscious, or my intuition, or my gut, or my instinct — whatever you want to call it — that’s how it sees Obama these days. Some part of me believes he’s trustworthy and respects people well enough not to screw them over.
I wonder if my gut is right?
I’m curious. Who, if anyone of the candidates, would you completely trust to pay back a few bucks?