Some people love to play fantasy football. Almost all of us love to play fantasy politics. Fantasy politics occurs when we become enamored of a candidate because somehow their background fits our ideal and we imbue them with characteristics that we have determined would make for a great chief executive. Be that a president or, in our upcoming election, or a governor.
However, our judgments are often unrelated to an individual’s knowledge and ability to succeed in office. It is often a harmless exercise, and it does stimulate conversation around how we address the problems that confront us – but we need to be careful.