In The Interest Of Full Disclosure

As is often the case, especially on my Facebook thread, I am accused of a lack of objectivity. This mainly happens because through my analysis, I tout an ability to stay “above the fray” when it comes to allegiance to political doctrine. For years, I have identified this as the main cause for most of our political stalemate.
There are numerous political tests out there that rank candidates with voters stances on issues using different metrics. One of the more basic, yet somewhat detailed, can be found at OnTheIssues.org. I take dozens of these, over and over again, for no other reason than I am a complete nerd.
Now, in the interest of full disclosure, I thought I would publish my raw results to show exactly where my “ideological allegiance” lies as we are about to wave the green flag on the 2012 campaign season. This is probably a post I will continuously update throughout the election season to highlight different ideology tests and outline my seemingly ‘go-it-alone’ philosophy.

1. Hillary Clinton (Secretary of State)
Total: 45%
Social: 50%
Economic: 42%

2. Joe Biden (Vice President)
Total: 43%
Social: 44%
Economic: 42%

3. Ralph Nader (Perennial Presidential Candidate)
Total: 43%
Social: 50%
Economic: 38%

4. Ron Paul (Representative, TX-14)
Total: 33%
Social: 50%
Economic: 21%

5. Barack Obama (President)
Total: 30%
Social: 31%
Economic: 29%

6. Jon Huntsman (UT Governor)
Total: 28%
Social: 31%
Economic: 25%

7. Gary Johnson (Former NM Governor)
Total: 25%
Social: 50%
Economic: 8%

8. Mike Huckabee (Former AR Governor)
Total: 18%
Social: 31%
Economic: 8%

9. Bobby Jindal (LA Governor)
Total: 18%
Social: 19%
Economic: 17%

10. Thad McCotter (Representative, MI-11)
Total: 18%
Social: 31%
Economic: 8%

11. Herman Cain (None)
Total: 18%
Social: 25%
Economic: 13%

12. Buddy Roemer (Former LA Governor)
Total: 18%
Social: 19%
Economic: 17%

13. Michele Bachmann (Representative, MN-6)
Total: 18%
Social: 38%
Economic: 4%

14. Rudy Giuliani (Former NYC Mayor)
Total: 15%
Social: 25%
Economic: 8%

15. Haley Barbour (MS Governor)
Total: 10%
Social: 6%
Economic: 13%

16. Tim Pawlenty (Former MN Governor)
Total: 10%
Social: 6%
Economic: 13%

17. Sarah Palin (Former Alaska Governor)
Total: 10%
Social: 6%
Economic: 13%

18. Newt Gingrich (Former Speaker of the House, GA-6)
Total: 8%
Social: 13%
Economic: 4%

19. Rick Santorum (Former PA Senator)
Total: 8%
Social: 19%
Economic: 0%

20. Mitt Romney (Former MA Governor)
Total: 5%
Social: 13%
Economic: 0%

21. Rick Perry (TX Governor)
Total: 5%
Social: 13%
Economic: 0%

A few notes about this test.

  1. Unlike others in the field, it does not weight your responses on specific issues. I was tied overall at 18% with five candidates, but there were no questions about DOMA, gay marriage, or DADT. Had even one of those been on this test, and been weighted, someone like Bachmann would have fallen on my list considerably. That is a perfect example of how these tests are a great start — but you have to continue to dig to find your candidates.
  2. I would expect the people who accuse me of being an “Obama apologist” will realize they have no basis for that accusation, and that my opinions are based in research and political science. I have more in common with everyone’s senile grandfather Ron Paul than I do with the socialism terrorist Barack Obama.
  3. Clinton was also consistently my highest candidate in 2008, so that result does not surprise me at all. That being said, the test tells me that, “You have a poor match with Hillary Clinton. Unless you like his character and background, you should vote for another candidate.” Apparently, Hillary Clinton is a man (good job, OnTheIssues.com!). And, apparently, I am so far in the weeds with my own political philosophy that I shouldn’t even bother voting. Love it.
  4. I did re-order the list if there was a tie in total percentage, since the test pretty much adds the two numbers and divides by two, I did take the liberty to factor in ‘character and background’ as they state in the explanation section. I did this because of #1 and #3 above.
  5. The biggest surprise was seeing Romney at the bottom of the list. In looking through their scoring, they statements on the same level as results. I still contend that Romney is the most moderate candidate in this race, even though he is running so far to the right. If elected with a Tea Party majority in both chambers, I also contend that he would spoil their parade. Romney is a statesman, not an ideologue.
  6. I am very libertarian on domestic social issues, conservative on foreign affairs, progressive on the economy, and moderate on taxes.
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About Creed

I often ramble. What some people can eloquently say in 10 words, when most people would take 25, I will intentionally take 100. It's always been this way. This blog is mainly to spare my friends, family, and co-workers from my epic long rants.
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