Imagine the world is a giant New Hampshire and the 2016 primary election is this week. We here at First to Last 2016 are doing just that, inspired by Pope Francis’ on fleek American tour and the start of the U.N. General Assembly’s annual fall festival of international bloviation (and “NO PARKING” signs throughout Manhattan).
So ... if Earth were to stage a primary, who would be leading the nominating race for president of the planet? Who’s showing the public skills, the organization, the statesmanship, the pragmatic shrewdness? Who has the ‘mo and who doesn’t? We, of course, recognize that the pope is in a category of his own -- thank God (heh!) for that -- and that some of the candidates on this list are bloodthirsty tyrants or worse.
But we include Francis because he's showing even men and women of good will -- including some on this list -- how to be a leader on Earth, even if his ultimate goal is all about the afterlife.