By definition, half of us are below average (you know who you are). Statistics can be confusing, however (see, for example, “Damned Lies and Statistics: Untangling Numbers from the Media, Politicians, and Activists”). This may explain why the entire crop of Republican presidential hopefuls is below average. If it were up to me, I would change three things about the presidential selection process. First, I would outlaw TV, radio and print advertising. If you want to learn more about a candidate, Google them, like you do with everything else. Second, I would make each presidential debate “sudden death.” Following the model of the hugely successful Dancing with the Stars, one candidate would be eliminated each week, based on a panel of judges and a text-in popular vote. These two changes alone would save hundreds of millions of dollars, and greatly simplify the entire primary process. I forgot the third thing (with apologies to Rick Perry).
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