Jim Henley offers a modest proposal for improving the caliber of Presidential leadership:
But because of the bizarre eligibility rules, the vast majority of our candidates have no experience at what matters, running a large, rich country. It’s fashionable to blame voters for the poor quality of American leadership, but it’s not like the candidates have much track record for the voters to judge. The US presidency is not an entry-level job. We should change the constitution and only consider applicants with a proven record of successful leadership of pretty big, pretty rich nations. Like, conclude two successful terms running Canada and then come talk to us. (Or, France!)
Indeed, it does seem to me that you could imagine the leaderless Republican Party being well-led by Stephen Harper. Canada’s already sending us a lot of its conservative political pundits (Frum, Krauthammer) so why not politicians? And back during the 2004 campaign, if the Democrats were destined to nominate an Iraq War supporter why not a charismatic one like Tony Blair?