- 14 Jan 2008 17:57
I don't mind Qatz's survey idea, but I think it can only be part of the bigger picture.
I once began a discussion on PoFo about the responsibilities of elected officials and the extent to which they have a duty to 'represent' vs. 'lead'.
I think the survey idea addresses the first of those, in that the candidate's views on the issues important to the electorate can be heard. It doesn't, however, address the second responsibility. What, for instance, does the survey tell us about a candidate's potential position on future issues - those that aren't important today, but may become important during the person's term in office? What does it tell us about the candidate's ability to recognize unpopular but necessary changes, and attempt to convince the population of their importance?
"The only contestant who can confidently enter the lists is the man who has seen his own blood, who has felt his teeth rattle beneath his opponent’s fist ... one who, as often as he falls, rises again with greater defiance than ever." - Seneca