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Who will be the next President of the United States?

By TLS | July 7, 2007

It still seems to be a little early to be in throws of political wrangling for the Presidency to me. But clearly that is not the case. The campaigns are in full swing. Ok, fine. So who is going to be the next President? If it’s Clinton I will barf. I don’t know what it is that really puts me off about her, but I do know what it is not. It’s not that she’s a woman. Makes no difference to me. I thought Margaret Thatcher was a fine Prime Minister of Briton. It’s not that she’s a Democrat, either. Admittedly, I have voted Republican for every presidential election in which I’ve voted, but I have been known to vote for a Democrat or two in Congressional races. I just don’t like Clinton. I don’t trust her. When I listen to her speak it all sounds like political garbage to me. So I hope she doesn’t win.

My problem is that I don’t really have a favorite candidate this time around. Nobody jumps out to me as the clear choice.

Juliani’s ok. Some conservatives denounce him as a liberal in conservative clothing. Whatever. I like the guy, but he seems very one-dimensional to me - like everything is about terrorism. Look, I know he’s “America’s Mayor” from 9/11. He did a great job during that crisis. But, move on man. There’s more to running this country than fighting terrorism.

McCain freaks me out. I know he’s a war hero for being captured and tortured in Vietnam, but does that make him the best candidate for President. I’m not so sure.

Romney seems like a smart guy. I like him. He has charisma and wit. He did a great job with Bain, so maybe that would rub off on America with him in the White House. Obviously, he has a huge challenge with the whole Mormon thing. Too bad. I’m sure he would do a good job on the domestic side. Not totally sure how he would fair on the International side, but I think he’d do a find job there, too. New guy in Washington would be good (meaning he’s not someone who’s been on the Hill for decades).

Obama seems ok to me, too. I don’t agree with everything he says and stands for, but what I like about him is that he’s clear about his views and he seems to at least acknowledge the other side’s point of view as valid - even if he disagrees. In his now famous Democratic Convention speech he said,

There is not a liberal America and a conservative America - there is the United States of America. There is not a black America and a white America and latino America and asian America - there’s the United States of America.”

This resonated with me. I like this guy for many reasons, not the least of which is the fact that he is eloquent and well spoken. First Black editor of Harvard Law Review while at Harvard Law School. Impressive. I also like the fact that he’s relatively new to Washington - sort of an outsider still. Good.

So who’s it going to be? I’m not sure. But I hope Obama gets the Democratic nomination and I hope that McCain doesn’t get the Republican nomination. If those two things happen then I think we as a country will be on the right track no matter who wins.

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