The presidential race is treated like a horserace between two celebrity thoroughbreds — but really, we are hiring an executive officer for our country. He will come to DC and directly appoint about 3500 administrators, and will supervise nearly 10% of the US workforce (if you include the military).
So why do we treat the election as though we were electing one man? Why don't we look more closely at his likely cabinet and appointees, his advisors' policies?
I wrote this blog article back last spring:
A shocking number of the faces of key personnel in the Bush administration have changed in the last six or so months, but the basic principles still hold.