Monday, December 3, 2007

Play the "Candidate Match Game"

I have already said that I do not care who wins the presidential election in 2008. That is a bit of an overstatement. I don't care in that I believe God is ultimately in control of who the next president will be (see Daniel 4:28-33 and Romans 13:1). I do care in that some of the candidates will try to be both more constitutional and more biblical than will others.

I do not want to imply that I am not interested in who the candidates are or in what they believe. Because I am interested, I enjoyed playing USA Today's "Candidate Match Game" (click here to play). It is a bit artificial, but in the end it is interesting to see what candidates you line up with the most closely on several different high-profile issues.

Just for the record, I am an independent who tends to vote conservative on economic and social issues. All I ask is that the person I vote for actually follows the constitution of the United States.

As for my "Match Game" results, I have played the game twice. For some reason, my results for second and third place differed each time I took it. However, I was consistent with who came in first place: Mike Huckabee.

Going in to this little survey, Paul and Huckabee were the two candidates that I liked the most. Huckabee has not vaulted past Paul in my mind just because of this "Match Game," but it has given me something to think about.


Alan said...

I hear you about God being in control. I am not much into politics however I will not vote for a pro murder candidate. Btw, may I ask how you happened on my blog? Thank you for linking to me I have returned the favor.
In Christ

Eric said...


I am much more interested in theology than politics. I just enjoyed the "Match Game."

I saw your blog on "Blog Rush." After clicking on it, I liked what I saw. Hermeneutics is so important in the life of the church. However, we don't hear it discussed too much. Therefore, people come up with all kinds of crazy conclusions based, ultimately, on what they want to believe rather than basing it upon what the original authors meant.


Alan said...


David Rogers said...


I found it interesting and a disingenuous that the quiz didn't have a question about abortion.

Eric said...


I agree with you. I would much rather take a survey that asked about 50-75 questions, and that dealt with more social-moral issues. This "Match Game" clearly was not the best; I found it to be entertaining, but not too helpful.

As to abortion, I'm not surprised that a secular newspaper such as USA Today would want to avoid that issue altogether.

Thanks for commenting.