I wonder how many others there are like me. My political ideology is right around where Rudy Giuliani is, fiscal conservative, social liberal. I am definitely middle class however and get a little sick sometimes of the feeling I am getting screwed over by big corporations. Nevertheless, I am somewhat Libertarian, I think the Govt should stay out of our pockets and out of our bedrooms. Both parties have something to offer me but I often have to make compromises to decide who to vote for. I have never voted for a Democrat. In 92 I voted for Perot, in 96 I voted for Dole, in 2000 & 2004 I voted for Bush. I have mostly voted this way because the candidates the Democrats offered up were even worse. Some would say that Ron Paul is a natural fit and I do like some of his ideas, but he is too extreme and has too many white supremacists supporting him. I doubt he would have even entered WWII if he were President at the time and that is just too isolationist for me. So why not McCain? Well 8 years ago I loved McCain, I voted for him over George W. Politically he is just about in my wheelhouse, he is a moderate who tries to work with the other party which I think is a good thing. He is a pragmatist which I like. However, the McCain who is running now is not the same guy from 8 years ago. I don't know if its his age or what it is but he doesn't seem like the maverick he used to be. Now he just seems like someone who is trying to pander to as many people as he can. I respect the guy immensely for his service to this country, he sacrificed more than any of us ever will. I think time has passed him by though. When he talks he just seems slow, he doesn't sound like the same guy he was a few years ago. I hate to say it but I think at this point he is just too old. He doesn't seem like he is all there and I can understand that after the tough life he has led. As far as Hillary Clinton I hate her with a passion, I think she is the worst role model for women. She basically stayed with a man who treated her like crap just so she could get to the top. There are plenty of women who get there on their own. She is a fraud and I think she will do anything to get power as she is a ruthless biatch. Her "experience" is a bunch of BS, she hasn't done anything her entire life but ride her husband's coattails. So since Rudy couldn't make a go of it, I find myself in the strange position of looking at Obama. Now socially he is fine for me, but fiscally he is definitely too liberal for my tastes. However, no candidate is going to line up perfectly. Experience wise he doesn't have much but I think experience is overrated. Nothing can prepare anyone for the job of President, so its pretty much a moot point. The guy is definitely charismatic and he seems like a decent person. Maybe he is a little too inspirational but this country could use a little idealism, someone who shakes things up rather than more of the status quo. He is young and energetic and I think he would be a good leader. So I find myself in the strange position of supporting a Democrat for the first time in my life. I guess its just the first time they have offered up a candidate who I could tolerate. Meanwhile the Republicans are doing what they did in 96 with Dole, offering up a candidate who is 8 years too late. So what do you think, am I crazy?