The Republicans had no issue figuring out who won their Nevada caucuses. Mitt Romney ran away and hid - the nearest competitor, Ron Paul, didn't even have half as many votes as the former Massachusetts governor.
But the Democrats? They have no idea.
See, Sen. Clinton had way more votes than Sen. Obama. I think Clinton had 50% to Obama's 45%. But because of the bizarre way Nevada counts delegates, Obama - who outperformed Clinton in the sparsely populated northern parts of the state - won more delegates. At least in this case, both Clinton and Obama can declare victory and move on.
Anyway, I can't think of anything better to do, so I'll just give you my update on who I think would make the best President. I'll separate them into categories - excellent, good, mediocre, bad, and godawful. Here goes.
Nobody. Yes, I'm still bitter about Richardson leaving so early. Why do you ask?
Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton. I worry about the former's inexperience and the latter's penchant for secrecy and mean-spirited politics. But policy-wise, the two are extremely similar and would both probably push legitimately well-thought-out policies.
John Edwards, John McCain. Edwards is just too full of hot air for me - I think he's got his head in the clouds a bit. But policywise, his ideas aren't too different from what I would like to see, and he at least recognizes the existence of poor people. I like McCain's attitude, but he's far too conservative for me to place him above mediocre. However, he does have some good ideas every now and then, and appears to actually think his policy stances through. Which would be nice.
Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Ron Paul, Fred Thompson. Romney seemed like he'd be a good chief executive from his time as MA governor, but his torture-happiness and abrupt about-face tell me he's weak-willed at best. He has the most potential to move up after the pander-to-the-base phase of the campaign passes. Huckabee is a nice guy, but four more years of culture-war craziness and a nutty tax plan is not what this country needs. Paul actually recognizes the importance of the Constitution (unlike any of his Republican compatriots with the possible exception of McCain), but has some policy ideas that often veer into nuttiness. As for Thompson? I'm not sure he's really running.
Rudolph the Red-Faced Mayor. Giuliani tried his best to turn New York City into a police state. He couldn't take criticism, and he had no tolerance for anyone who didn't share his narrow policy stances or who were irked by his bulldozer-like tactics. If it's possible to have a President worse than George W., Giuliani will manage. Anyone who still thinks Giuliani would make a good President will be disabused from that notion by reading this interesting New York Times article on Giuliani's destructive vindictiveness. The man's a human tornado. We don't need the Tasmanian Devil as our President.