In this article, the author views the recent election as having been an auction.Like traditional auctions we have the “buyers” and the “products” that wereoffered. There the comparison ends. What all of us were attempting to “buy” wasa person who would implement our hopes, aspirations and dreams, protect usfrom the people and events we fear, and punish those who have angered us.We sought to buy, in effect, the picture we hold of how we
we would act,were we to hold the position of the individual we chose to represent us. Putting itanother way, each of us sought to buy a “clone,” of what we conceived to be our own brains. While we are (perhaps) aware that the brain we buy was going to befar different from our own, we sought the closest approximation of that brainbetween those offered “for sale.”This article introduces the reader to the factors that served to influence the brainsof the voters, with an analysis of the brains of the candidates, and somereflections regarding the likelihood that Obama will indeed behave as anticipatedby the electorate.
The Brain of the Buyer
Almost everyone reading this has, at one time or another, made a purchase or asale on eBay. In most cases, you were satisfied with the transaction, but if youare a frequent buyer, inevitably, the chances are that at one time or another youhave been stung with a buy which failed to deliver as promised. You found thatthe product was defective, failed to perform as promised, turned out to beoverpriced, or worst case, was never delivered.As a buyer of products, regardless of where you purchased them, your satisfaction with them has most likely been directly proportional to the quality of vetting you did, prior to the transaction. Yet, we as a nation seldom end upcompletely satisfied with a class of products we buy every two, four or six years.These products are roughly 15 centimeters or 5.9 inches in length, and weigh just a bit over three pounds (1400 grams). One was offered by the DemocraticNational Committee, with the remaining one offered by the competing “seller.” Weare, of course, talking about the brains of Obama and McCain.For this “buyer,” it was, in fact, what was inferred about these brains, whichgoverned his “purchase decision,” made on the first Tuesday in November, 2008.Inference is the essential word here, because, unfortunately although thetechnology exists for some rather precise examination of these respectiveproducts, their sellers refuse to provide the access to this information. Each of the candidates has supplied some information about his or her medical history,but we are yet to have access to any information about the health or constructionof their brains. Yet, that organ is the place from which all decisions andcommands will originate.Since we did not have access to medical information, we had but one place toturn to make our inferences – the behavioral history of the candidate. There was