This blog has remained largely silent on the upcoming American election, but today we turn there for some lighthearted fun. Presidential politics offers voters a unique chance for voters to sort out preferences over a bundle of positions. None of the candidates may have your exact mix of opinions, but there are probably one or two that stand out (theorists often liken this to several grocery baskets, each of which has more or less items that you would normally buy).

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Having trouble choosing? Now, Idiots' Books presents their Build Your Own President Game so you don't have to--you can pick your very own candidate by setting three different characteristics. Some of the actual candidates mentioned at the bottom left of the page are a little outdated, but it can be fun if you don't take it too seriously. Actually, that's a good caveat for politics in general.