John Edwards: I initially supported him because I liked his energetic populist message. This was something that distinguished him from Obama and Clinton early on. I even sent him ten bucks. However, I could not get over the fact that Edwards the 2008 candidate was so different from Edward the 2004 candidate and Edwards the Senator (DLC-NC). That just never sat well with me. I need a president a little more consistent than John Edwards.
Bill Richardson: I flirted with him for awhile too. However, his lackluster debate performances, awkward speaking style, and many gaffes do not display good leadership or good judgment. Even on foreign policy issues (his supposed strong point) he rarely deviates from cliches and rehearsed talking points (“It’s called diplomacy…blah, blah, blah…)
Barack Obama: I just haven’t seen any substance or leadership so far. It’s nice to think you can bring the country together with hope, optimism, and all that good stuff, BUT what does that really entail? How will he do that? Obama’s fame has been media driven as has his campaign. I want a president not a celebrity. I also don’t buy all this talk of a “movement.” A movement for what? It’s nice he did not support the Iraq war, but can Obama win a campaign based on that and “hope”?
Hillary: I do not want the presidential roster to go Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton. America has more than 2 families to lead our nation.
Gravel and Biden: They yell too much.
Kucinich: It appears he will have a problem winning his congressional seat. He better go back home to Cleveland real fast. Also, his 2004 performance was unimpressive and 2008 has been more of the same.
And now: Chris Dodd.
From the beginning of the campaign, Dodd has emerged as a reasonable, knowledgeable, and out-spoken advocate for the change he wants to bring to the country.
Dodd has led the charge on restoring our civil liberties, personal freedoms, and habeus corpus. He has made restoring our Constitution the centerpiece of his campaign. It would be exciting to have a champion of the Constitution sitting in the Oval Office. Moreover, the Democratic Party should move toward becoming the party of civil libertarians and freedom-oriented Americans. It may not be a compelling issue now for the average voter, but as our liberties continue to erode and eavesdropping and wiretapping continue, the Democratic Party should be looked at as the party that will protect privacy and liberty.
Dodd has displayed that he can work with members of both parties to pass important legislation (i.e. Family and Medical Leave Act). His twenty-six years in Congress would make him an effective broker with leadership in both parties. This is desperately needed since Bush has further centralized the presidency and eroded the relationship between Congress and the White House.
On foreign policy, Dodd’s goal is to restore America’s moral standing in the world. As a veteran of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, this is not an empty promise, but rather a commitment to deliver.
When he speaks, you can tell Chris Dodd knows what the heck he’s talking about. He’s direct in his answers and displays an impressive intellect that is desperately needed in the presidency.
Instead of media superstars or position-changing one-term Senators, America needs someone like Chris Dodd. On every issue, Chris Dodd has done important work, has thoughtful answers, and will be ready to lead and get to work on January 20, 2009.
So what do you guys think about Chris Dodd? Will you consider supporting him?