What is Basic Presidential Competence?
We have a presidential election coming up in a few weeks. Frequently when we vote for a president (or any candidate), it is easy to vote simply along party lines. If we are Republican, we vote Republican. If we are Democrat, we vote Democrat.
It certainly simplifies things, and this is not always a bad strategy to adopt.
However, I would suggest that one of the most important criteria for deciding on a presidential candidate is something I call Basic Presidential Competence.
Basic Presidential Competence is set of character and intellectual dispositions that make it more likely that the United States will emerge from the candidate’s tenure in office with greater political integrity.