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The ramblings of a liberal


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:

  1. 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."

  2. Dennis Kucinich - A failed bid, no doubt, but he is the only one who openly supports marriage equality.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.
So there it is. I don't usually espouse politics 'round here, but other people got me in the mood.

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).

Comments

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crankyasanoldma
Jan. 18th, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC)
Where does Bill Richardson fall on your list? And Joe Biden?
esprix
Jan. 18th, 2007 04:48 pm (UTC)
Neither really grabbed my attention. I know Biden from his Delaware days and he doesn't impress me, but I'll admit Richardson has potential. I guess I don't know enough about him yet, but based on what I've read so far, those 4 have my attention.
duhpens
Jan. 18th, 2007 06:02 pm (UTC)
I'm not really listening to politics too much yet. But so far I like Obama, Clinton, and Biden from what I've seen in the past (in that order too). I'm not sure about Rendell. I didn't even vote for him for Governor. I don't know what he accomplished as Mayor in Philly. But I feel like as Governor, he's left Pittsburgh to rot. I don't really have a lot to base that on except gut feelings and the fact that so many people and businesses have left the area. I do think he has done good with senior issues, and healthcare. And I'm very happy that he's pushing for a statewide smoking ban.
esprix
Jan. 18th, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC)
He really was amazing in Philadelphia - it was a trash heap with Rizzo and Goode, and in 12 years he cleaned it up and turned it into a premiere American city. Sadly, he was somewhat forced to endorse the Democratic primary winner, John Street, who is an idiot. I have noticed a decline in the city since he started, but in a wholly Democratic town, he's kind of got it locked up until he screws up so badly he gets kicked out or his 3rd term is up.
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esprix
Jan. 18th, 2007 07:36 pm (UTC)
I do agree, and I wish it weren't so, especially considering that if the Dems lose, we get 4 more years of Republican rule (a Democratic congress notwithstanding), and I cringe to think of what would happen to us in that instance.
sa_am
Jan. 18th, 2007 06:45 pm (UTC)
i've always liked dennis kucinich, but unfortunately, he's way too radical for the US at this time...

equal marriage rights???/ ZOH NO... the ggeh would have too much power =p
esprix
Jan. 18th, 2007 07:37 pm (UTC)
Can't let that happen, can we? :(
cikevin
Jan. 18th, 2007 06:47 pm (UTC)
In the interests of fairness, as I have given Darrel crap over this recently, I must point out to you that Mr. Obama's first name is spelled "Barack", according to the Senate web site and his own web site. :)
esprix
Jan. 18th, 2007 07:24 pm (UTC)
My error, and thank you for pointing it out.
esprix
Jan. 18th, 2007 07:34 pm (UTC)
Although, should I also include his middle name, or risk being accused of hiding something from the American public? HMMMM? ::rolleyes::
cikevin
Jan. 18th, 2007 07:43 pm (UTC)
Well, clearly George W. Bush hides his full middle name, "Walker," with that W. If people knew it was Walker, they might associate it with Johnnie Walker, though I don't know if W himself is a fan of Johnnie Walker beverages in particular (as opposed to other fine alcoholic beverages). ;)

How much of Obama's campaign would have to consist of explaining to idiots, "No, there's no connection between 'Obama' and 'Osama,' and 'Hussein' is a very common name, like 'John.'"
esprix
Jan. 18th, 2007 07:46 pm (UTC)
Clearly he's hiding something. I can see the ads now - "A 'HUSSEIN' IN THE WHITE HOUSE IS A VOTE FOR TERRORISM!"
cikevin
Jan. 18th, 2007 07:49 pm (UTC)
Well, they pretty much already said that about Kerry, so what the heck. :)

Obama/Edwards 08!
esprix
Jan. 18th, 2007 07:55 pm (UTC)
Cthulu '08 - Why settle for the lesser evil?
glittercat13
Jan. 19th, 2007 12:54 am (UTC)
"Well, clearly George W. Bush hides his full middle name, "Walker," with that W. If people knew it was Walker, they might associate it with Johnnie Walker..."

Or, perhaps, Jimmie Walker? Dy-No-MYTE! (Tee-hee-hee-hee!)
esprix
Jan. 19th, 2007 01:35 am (UTC)
Or perhaps they think he walks... like, to places where TERRORISTS meet... or something...
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