In reading & listening to politicians in the coming months, please remember (and bookmark) this site: FactCheck.org. It could help, really.
So, who IS the best politician for you? You are the only one who can answer that.
I suggest that, as you consider their platforms, you might also consider the political system we - yes, WE, the people - have put in place.
Our present system offers a lot of extra coverage to the candidate who has the most money.
Is that a good criteria for measuring competency for leadership? Maybe.
Does it matter where the money comes from? Yes, certainly. Drug lobby? Oil lobby? ____ lobby?
And what's up with lobbies, for heaven's sake?!
And what's up with the totally outdated Electoral College?! Are you so out of touch (or off the grid) that you actually need to give your voting power to a representative? And did you know that it is LEGAL for your Electors to vote any old way they want to?
When & how do we consider a candidate's ethics?
To whose ethical standards do we/should we hold our candidates accountable?
Do ANY of them meet your own standards?
What's with all the MUD? And is the thrower any cleaner than the target? Not to me.
I wonder what it might be like if a candidate could/would ONLY speak about her/his platforms, ideas, visions and could NOT speak about his/her opponents except to quote from the Congressional Record.
I wonder what a political season might be like if a candidate were not allowed to purchase advertising on TV & radio & in newspapers. What if such news disseminaters had to provide exactly the same number of minutes in the same time frames to all candidates.
I find it hard to keep paying attention when I hear 'spin' more than substance, and unsubstantiated rumor & mere rhetoric more than reliable platform, and mud slinging & mud dodging.
Makes me a bit crazy, doesn't it you?
My candidate's already gone - lost to financial pressures and unable to purchase the mega-million $$ commercial spots. (probably a bit simplistic, but he's gone never the less).
And now most of what I hear is race/gender wars which have NO bearing on the actual issues.