Please tell me these folks aren't representative of the general electorate. The NYT has a story today on how voters are choosing between the Republican primary candidates. Comparing foreign policy chops? Nope. Jobs plans? No. Health care positions? 'Fraid not. Here's what these folks are weighing as important:
-A 21-year-old college student is leaning towards Ron Paul because of his speaking style - a "high-pitched, squirrely voice" which makes him seem "like a real person because of his eccentricities."
-A 60-year-old retiree who likes Michele Brachman because she raised 23 foster children.
-A 45-year-old tree farmer who supports Mitt Romney because he reminds him of his father. "It's something about the way he carries himself."
But another woman said she could never support Romney because she can't stand his voice, and puts the TV on mute when he comes on.
Oy. These folks, who will cast their ballots on Tuesday, had trouble coming up with any of the candidates' positions on taxes, government spending, etc. Brings to mind the saying that you get the government you deserve.