There is no single candidate that speaks to me in a way that makes me think, “Yeah, he/she is the one.” I wish I had an option that combined:
- The sheer competence of Hillary Clinton. No one would approach the task of running the government with more care and attention to detail. We have millions of people spending hundreds of billions of dollars in our government, and it’s time that someone paid a little attention to this complex beast.
- The clarity of vision Ron Paul exhibits when talking about the terrible macroeconomic hole the country has dug itself into through excessive government spending and borrowing.
- The real business experience and success of Mitt Romney. He’s a hard guy to like, but it’s even harder to argue with the business success and creativity on his resume. We’re in a geopolitical, life and death struggle for economic supremacy and I don’t want my children to be living in the U.S. economic version of post-WWII England.
- The inspirational and visionary qualities of Barack Obama. It is time to move on from the confrontational, old-school, ideological, nature of our political discourse. I think Obama can lead the country towards a more rational, 21st Century-style of problem-solving; plus he clearly has appeal to younger voters, who must be brought into the battle to save their futures.
- The integrity, resolve and experience of John McCain. No other politician has the courage to take difficult positions when he believes they are in the country’s best interest, regardless of the political consequences, and the depth of international relationships and perspective to know what is truly important. And few other living Americans in any profession have made a greater commitment to public service, nor paid a higher price, than has Senator McCain. The word hero is over used these days, but is aptly applied in his case.
Well, unfortunately, this fantasy candidate doesn’t exist, but as mentioned earlier, I lean towards the moral leadership of McCain over the others.