In response to others yabbling about Barack Obama's potential bid for the presidency, I figured I'd take a quick peek at the current crop of Democratic hopefuls and come up with a prelimiary list of who I'd support, in order:
- Ed Rendell - I saw first hand how he turned Philadelphia around as Mayor. I believe he's perfected the balance between social liberal and fiscal conservative. I remember seeing signs at the 1996 DNC that said "Gore/Rendell 2000" during Rendell's speech and thought, "Now THAT'S a dream ticket."
- Dennis Kucinich - A failed bid, no doubt, but he is the only one who openly supports marriage equality.
- Barack Obama - I'm putting him only marginally over Hillary due to his inexperience, but I think he has a better chance of winning because of the devisiveness over Hillary (everybody seems to either 100% love her or 100% hate her). I think he's got a great attitude, and can develop a solid plan for the country - we'll find out as the elections get closer.
- Hillary Clinton - I think she'd make a kick-ass president, and having the first woman or the first minority as president makes both her and Barack very appealing to me, and I think either would positively change the face of the nation. She's got her faults, don't get me wrong, but so far I've liked what I've seen from her.
On the flip side of the coin, I'm not going to trash the GOP candidates at this point. Suffice it to say I won't be voting for any of them anyway, unless some moderate comes out of the woodwork that takes the lead, and then I'd at least listen to what he/she had to say (which I'm sure would have delighted my father, as we were usually at polar opposites when it came to politics).