So You Think You Can be President? Revisited.

Last year, I argued that instead of debates presidentidal candidates should have to compete in a series of games.  The problem with debates is that most of the time voters don’t know what a good answer is.  Thus…

…what we need is a way of conveying information to uninformed,
unsophisticated voters in a way that is entertaining yet produces
information about politicians that is correlated with real skills.

I suggested a game show, So You Think You Can be President?, which with different segments would test the candidates ability to solve real problems.

The idea seems to be catching on, as this piece in the NYTimes illustrates.  Frankly, the segments I suggested plus the many excellent comments from MR readers were quite a bit better than those in the Times but it’s good to see that the idea is going mainstream.


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