For people on either extreme, personality does not matter. However, for many of those in the middle, personality plays a tremendous role. President Reagan could carry a room, and he carried many Democratic states. Why? Did you see who the Democrats ran against him?!? Carter, who I think is a great man and was a great governor but not a great president, was not the most exciting person to be around. And Mondale? Well, no reason to bring up old wounds now, is there? Then with the first Bush and Dole, neither one of them had as much personality or could carry a room like Clinton could. Dole showed afterward, however, that he is a truly funny man and has quite a powerful personality; during the campaign process, though, he did not seem to be a cold uncaring person. And in 2000, Bush had more personality than Gore and therefore won the election.
It is unfortunately not all about the policies and choosing what is in the best interests of the nation. Many voters pick their candidate based primarily upon looks and personality. I can say for a certainty that my vote is not swayed by personality: if it were, I would not have voted for Nader last time around. But if one of the candidates comes up with a phrase like Reagan did in 1980 (There you go again, Mister President), that candidate will likely win the election. Here's hoping that people actually try to choose on the issues, though.
And L.1011, President Bush is also a very snobby person. He grew up in the oil rich town of Midland, Texas, his family belonging to the ritziest clubs in town. He looks down his nose at people below him and does not seem to be able to accept people as his equal. Maybe it is some kind of conatgious disease that is mostly found in capital office buildings
And the last time I saw Bush on TV
was with Tim Russert on Sunday morning television. Other than that, only Barbara Walters with a one-on-one with the President (and she always asks the tough questions, doesn't she