When At-a-glance Candidate Rankings Are More than Glance-deep
November 4, 2015
Via Jim Geraghty’s Morning Jolt (e-mail version), an organization called the Leadership Project for America has an interesting idea: Instead of an arguably near-meaningless in-the-moment popularity contest or an in-depth but one-sided grade card, they rank the presidential candidates based on a thoughtful analysis of each candidate’s conservative policy positions, honesty, accomplishments, and communication ability that is both broad and deep (see the multi-level outline of their grading rubric here).
You can examine all the candidates’ grades and in-depth reviews here. Of particular interest to me:
- The proto-frontrunners, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, both score high (91% and 85%, respectively).
- Bobby Jindal, who is not doing well in said popularity contests, also scores high (85%).
- Our highest-scoring candidate already dropped out (Scott Walker, 93%).
- Hillary Clinton gets an “F”, 37%.
- Donald Trump? Also “F”, 55%.