David Gergen, a writer and political commentator who worked for Clinton as well as a succession of Republican presidents, said American politics has rarely offered such a stark contrast in leadership models. The choice, he said, is "between fact-based versus intuition-based policies." Confronted with a policy decision, Gergen believes, Kerry's instinct is to study and seek to master the complexities of his choice; Bush's instinct is to act quickly, in the belief that a leader is better off to drive events and circumstances rather than be driven by them.
It's truly amazing that given the choice between fact-based and gut instinct (intuition), this country is having a difficult time selecting the superior attribute. Why don't we tell our kids to skip studying and tackle their school exams based on intuition and gut instinct?