As I was lying down to sleep last night, I was trying to think of which candidates appeal to me as people. The reason for this is not because I am going to vote that way, but because I find so many of the candidates repellent. I really just do not like John Edwards- he is fake and will say anything. Double that for Mitt Romney, who makes John Kerry look positively dogmatic. So I went through the list on both sides, and came up with a really odd list of the folks I think are decent and sincere when I listen to them speak:
A couple of quick observations- I find it amusing that the two Republicans I like ‘personally’ (if you can call it that) are the two who deny evolution. There is something sincere about the two, though (something that is explored with Huckabee in this article). I simply can not explain my perception of Brownback, given that he is crazy and on the wrong side of virtually every issue I think is important (although the more I think about it, the more my opinion of Brownback makes sense. One of my favorite people from my days at Red State is Leon Wolf, a man I probably don’t agree with about ANYTHING anymore, but who was always a decent person. Not surprisingly, he is working for the Brownback campaign.)
Dennis Kucinich is kinda crazy, although I think he is less crazy every day as I watch this administration, but he seems like someone who would have lived next door in my small college town when I was growing up (my small college town is filled with weird, eccentric, and awesome people- Dennis would fit right in). The same for Joe Biden- he is loud, talkative, loves the sound of his own voice, has moments of grumpy outbursts, but at the same time comes across as earnest and friendly and with his head and heart generally in the right place, even when you disagree with him.
And then we have Chris Dodd. Not sure why he is on this list, as he is not particularly personable, but maybe it is because he exudes competence, something I think we are all ready for after the last few years.