There have been many a time that I wished I had a real choice where I could vote for a Democrat nationally, but impossible for me to do in good conscience due to two or three crucial platfrom points where I think the Democrats are seriously dead wrong. Unfortunately, the Republicans are often dorks too, just in less damaging ways. Lesser of two evils, sadly.
I usually don't torture myself into dreaming about what the Dems would be like if they didn't support those planks, but what the heck...
Liberman is a hawk, which is good in general as compared to many in the Dems, but I think perhaps he might be a little *too* hawkish for my tastes. Sometimes I think he wanted to bomb Iraq more than President Bush did. Heck, I think him and Ariel Sharon see pretty much eye-to-eye.
Hillary Clinton? I want to have a female president at one point soon, I really do, but not at the price of having her be the one. I don't like her and I don't like her policies, and frankly, I just can't trust her. It's just too picture-perfect, plastic, and slick. I really don't like that she's the First Female President Presumptive. There are female politicians out there with more experience and better backgrounds in both parties and it galls me that she just slid right in there. Triumph of style over substance. I'd reconsider her after two terms as senator and/or maybe a cabinet position.
Yes, yes, I know. "Sid's let the slander of the right wing get to him." Trust me when I say, though, I've bourne in mind that she's taken a lot of partisan flack, but some of it does ring true. I think the Lazio campaign in NY made a cringeworthy mistake in pushing her inexperience and obvious opportunism as the main reason that a no-name like him should be elected over her, but the points were valid, if rabidly overused.
Who then? Kerry or Edwards probably. Mostly because I think they are decent in most respects, although a tad dull. Dull is okay with me, however. I'm half convinced we had good times in the 90's because neither the Dems nor the Republicans could push too far in either direction. It was checks and balances accidentially re-created by the two party system. Let them fight in the mudpit while Prosperity tiptoes around them and makes it to us before it can be killed, maimed, or co-opted by one of the two of them.
Needless to say, though, I won't be worrying too much about that, because I already know who I'm voting for. Bush/Cheney, or Bush/Rice (if Dick's old ticker doesn't want to play ball). Hmmm....Condi Rice for VP, now there would be a kick in the butts for the Dems. Educated, hawkish, and just happens to also be black and female. I'd pay to see that. After that, there'd be a new First Female President Presumptive, I think.