Jewish World Review Oct. 4, 2004 / 19 Tishrei, 57645

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Can a lousy candidate become a good president? | If a politician does a miserable job running a presidential campaign, why should we believe he could do a better job running the country?

That's the one big question that Kerry supporters can't answer as they continue to complain about their candidate's incompetence and inconsistency.

Michael Moore himself declares: "of course he's a lousy candidate!" but then goes on to argue that Kerry still could win.

But if he's so bad at running for office, only achieving past victories in safely Democratic Massachusetts, we have no reason to assume that he has what it takes to run the country.

Obviously, a president needs to deploy the same skills — assembling a top-notch team, making timely, solid decisions, and inspiring the public when necessary — required of a successful candidate.

There are no historical examples of weak contenders for office exceeding expectations by becoming strong presidents — for the simple reason that weak contenders very rarely get themselves elected.

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JWR contributor, author and film critic Michael Medved hosts a daily three-hour radio talk show broadcast in more than 120 cities throughout the United States. His latest book, written together with his wife, is Saving Childhood : Protecting Our Children from the National Assault on Innocence . You may contact him by clicking here.

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