Aug 15, 2006

Early evaluation of presidential candidates

So, I'm a registered Dem. (fair warning-- all religious republicans should not be upset at what lies ahead in this blog).

Right now, from what I have read, I have decided that, should Mitt make it to the final stages of our presidential elections, I would most likely vote for him.

Reading his political history (on a few different websites), I feel that he is a Real Politician. Not someone who is going to please his party in order to gain their favor in order to gain election/reelection/approval/power. He does things because he believes strongly that they ought to be that way. I think (from what I have read) that he's aboveboard and honest. And a lot of what he writes/explanations for political moves he's made, make sense to me... And resonate well with me.

That having been said, I predict (and I'm no expert, so grain of salt, please) that he will not make it to that stage of the election.

I have decided that, Should Hillary run against Condoleeza,

I would definitely vote for Hilary. For several reasons. The biggest one is this: I think Condoleeza is a puppet. I don't trust her to do things she believes in... I feel like her history reveals her as someone willing to be steered. Why would this change when she was president? Also, a lot of what she says leads me to believe that, should we vote her in, we will soon have another war on our hands.

Also, the possibility that Dick Cheney will retire and they will appoint another VP to replace him, who will then be the frontrunner for the Republicans, is scary to me...Because that's almost like letting G.W choose whomever he wants to be president. Assuming, of course, that America is going to elect another Republican. But (again, grain of salt), I predict that, despite low approval ratings for our current president, this is exactly what is going to happen. Maybe I just think that because I'm trying hard not to get my hopes up only to be disappointed.

I'm not saying that I don't think that nuclear weapons aren't very dangerous. And I see why we need to make sure that nations are responsible with them. But reflecting on our current political environment, etc... We never had a war on terrorism when Bill was in office. Yes, he did some unsavory things. And he lied in court. I was very disappointed in him. But I loved his foreign policy... it resonates a lot more with me. And at least he didn't hide who he was... Which is more than I can say for our current president. Seriously, G.W. scares me. He is not aboveboard. He is not honest and up-front... He hides behind a front of piety, leads everyone to believe he is a God fearing man and then tells untruths. That is a lot scarier to me than a Monica Lewinsky incident.

OK. Off my soapbox.

And you all don't have to agree with me. I'm so glad America is a place where people can have opinions and disagree and still remain friends.


Maren said...

I've been doing some research on Mitt as well. I would vote for him. I think he would be a good president for a variety of reasons. I hope that he decides to run and makes it through the Primaries.

Sherpa said...

All I want is to be able to vote for someone I believe in, not the lesser of two evils....

Lucy Stern said...

I am not a Democrat, but I wouldn't vote for Hillary if my life depended on it. If Mitt actually could make it to the primaries then I might vote for him.

I'm with Ruby, I just want to vote for a person I believe in and not the lesser of two evils.

NoSurfGirl said...

I'm with y'all..
I'm so tired of choosing between two evils. I actually voted for bush over Kerry... and maybe I would again, I dunno.

GO MITT. That's all I have to say. I believe in him.

Jeff said...

Romney has problems with conservatives. I would definitely consider voting for him, but I also like John Warner for the Dems.

Click here for more info on Romney's conservative problem.

Jeff said...

Lucy Stern,

What's your problem with Hillary? I hear sentiment like yours a lot, and I'm just wondering where all the angst comes from. I'm not a huge Hillary fan, but Bill as first gentleman and back in the White House is quite appealing.

NoSurfGirl said...

(responding to jeff)

I think it's sad that any president would be excluded from a significant portion of the popular vote based solely on his religious background.

I actually refrained from mentioning that issue in my post because I think it's ridiculous... but unfortunately, I think you're also correct.

Wow, this has turned into a debate...

the hilary thing is a touchy subject. I like her, some people really really dislike her (for reasons I also do not understand all that well...) but I have my things to.

Like, I don't like Bush. Y'know. Or his dad. And a lot of people really love (or loved) the bushes. So they are nice to me and i'm nice to them. I'm not offended anymore when people say they don't like hilary... because, well, I'm not her. I'm just going to VOTE for her, maybe. :)