Friend of Pipeline CliffP sent this link my way recently. Based on a tool created by Minnesota Public Radio, it asks you to choose between various candidates’ policies on issues, and then choose that issue’s importance to you. It allows you to see who most conforms to your viewpoints, where they agree and disagree with you. The interesting part isn’t so much who it shows at the top (or bottom) of your list, as it is to see which person from the other party you’d probably vote for President if you had to.
For me, that person is Arnold Schwarzenegger, but the site tells me it’s Sam Brownback instead. I’ve analyzed the answers, and it appears that Brownback is rated so highly for me because I selected what must be his policy proposal, which is to slowly draw down troops and divide Iraq up into perhaps three smaller areas. Maybe that wasn’t such a good selection, considering Sam Brownback’s the only one who supports that position. Maybe I need to read up on the whole partition idea before I choose that as my policy.
I have a hunch I don’t support immediate withdrawal, because if you know a vacuum at least it’s better to have a little time to prepare for it, and leaving will create a vacuum. When I change that answer Chris Dodd shoots even higher on my list, and the only thing keeping him from having a unanimous stranglehold on all the issues for me is the line-item veto. And I see that the line-item veto is the only thing I have in common now with Fred Thompson. Maybe I need to rethink my position on that.
Changing my Iraq answer moves Rudy to the top spot on my list of the GOP candidates, which makes sense on some levels, because he’s actually a Democrat. But I really dislike Rudy, and liked it better when it was Brownback, who at least seems sincere and not a con man like Rudy.