In my not so humble opinion I believe that a corn snake fits all the criteria that is important to consider when wanting to get a first pet reptile. They don't have to like it for it to be the best first herp. I might like Hondas but that does mean they are the best choice for me if I've never been on a motor bike before.
Are there other snakes that meet that same criteria to varying, degrees sure. However, in my opinion none equal the corn as best first choice for a first time herp keeper.
So, yes I guess I can say it.