My book, How to Select an American President by James A. George and James A. Rodger (c) 2107 Archway Publishing, establishes a baseline for evaluating candidate resumes that start with the President and extends to members of Congress. The theory is that to win elected office should be based on advancing the most qualified candidates.
Improving government requires improving the quality of candidates. In this blog, I have shared specific articles to guide consideration of evaluating Members of Congress and the Senate, both as candidates and as incumbents.
To be certain, some communities in America are ardently conservative Republican in their orientation. Changing that will require much convincing. It begins by producing candidates with superior credentials.
Consider Democrat Jon Ossoff versus Republican Karen Handel.
Born Thomas Jonathan Ossoff
February 16, 1987 (age 30)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Education Georgetown University (BS)
London School of Economics
Candidate Ossoff has no experience. He appears as a professional politician with a degree in economics. He lacks a law degree. He should not have been certified as a Democratic candidate for Congress.
What about Karen Handel?
"Karen Christine Handel (née Walker; born April 18, 1962) is an American businesswoman, politician, and Member-elect of the United States House of Representatives for Georgia's 6th congressional district. She is the first Republican woman to be elected to Congress from Georgia.
Handel previously served as the 26th Secretary of State of Georgia. A member of the Republican Party, Handel worked in business before entering politics. First elected in 2003, she chaired the Fulton County Board of Commissioners until 2006, and then was elected and served as Georgia's Secretary of State from 2007 to 2010."
Member-elect of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 6th district
26th Secretary of State of Georgia
January 13, 2007 – January 8, 2010
Born Karen Christine Walker
April 18, 1962 (age 55)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Steve Handel
It is a hard lesson for Democrats and a missed opportunity for Georgians to improve their government.
The winner is a loser.