Smarts. A sense of humor. The ability to connect with people. Good habits (like personal thriftiness) that can be translated into good policy (like governmental thriftiness). The talent to stand for things, while at the same time maintaining the popularity needed to implement campaign promises. An adherence to small-government principles, and the ability to make those principles work for people. Adaptability when things don’t go as planned. A comprehensive command of policy, with a demonstrated willingness to learn the unknown. The skill to argue and debate in a way that advances a position, and wins converts. Authenticity. High expectations of oneself, and of others. A gift for getting the best out of others. A willingness to challenge conventional wisdom.
Where can I find such a soul?