One of my professors at Chicago, who I now know (I didn't at the time) is a Republican, advised us to vote the economic advisor, not the president. In 2000, that vote would have been for the brilliant Larry Summers (Gore) rather than the lackluster Larry Lindsay (Bush). This time around, I am tempted to follow his advice and vote for one of his colleagues, Austan Goolsbee. One of my favorite professors in business school, Goolsbee is now the economic adviser to Barack Obama. He is brilliant, pragmatic, and so compelling that even George Will likes the guy enough to write an entire column about him. My only fear is that he is too interesting to make a good political appointee.

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