In case you haven’t been watching, there is an election coming up. The major parties will most likely have their candidates determined by the end of Super Tuesday, February 5th. It seems the whole thing has been more like a reality TV show than ever before, but since it will determine the leader of the greatest nation on earth, it behooves us to pay attention.
Here is a great tool for determining which candidate best matches you on the issues. There are a few of these in play, but these two seem to be the best. The USA Today version includes sliders to adjust for varying importance and the questions in the WQAD (Illinois, Iowa) are a little more involved.
I do not yet have a recommendation, but here are some interesting (I hope) observations.
If you don’t like what Hilary Clinton is saying, wait till next week, it will probably change. John Edwards’ purpose may be to make Barack Obama look less liberal. After chiding Obama for doing more talk show appearances than news shows, the Republicans seem to have decided it may work for them as well. Mitt Romney is very good at 2nd place, he may do the same in the general election. Rudy Giuliani is playing the equivalent of football’s “prevent defense.” As John Madden used to say, “the only thing it prevents is winning.” Fred Thompson seems to think the best strategy is to convince everyone that he doesn’t want the job, but if we beg him to, he’ll do it anyway.
I think that the best voting strategy is for the voter to decide their stand on the issues then pick the candidate who best represents those and hope they aren’t lying.
Truth Be Told, the only thing I am sure of is that Hilary Clinton lies (or changes her position) continuously and either hopes the voters won’t notice or won’t care… it worked in New York.