Post # 1
This is perhaps kind of an odd question, but I think with the political climate being so incredibly partisan and tensions running high in the time leading up to the November election, we might combat some of the partisanship and underscore the perspectives shared across party lines.
I am a liberal who votes democrat, but I have a lot of respect for Condoleezza Rice. Although I don’t agree with a lot of her political views, she’s an incredibly smart woman who speaks 5 languages, attended and taught at Stanford, and is a classically trained concert pianist. She has also said that she doesn’t want the government to force views on abortion on either side of the debate, meaning she considers abortion to be an issue of personal liberty.
So Bees, who do you respect from a different political party than your own, even if you don’t necessarily agree with them? Third party politicians included!
Post # 3
Phil Bredesen (D) who was governor of Tennessee. I’m a conservative voter, but Governor Bredesen did a lot for the state. I moved to Tennesee FOR work.. And I attribute a lot of that to his leadership.
Post # 4
@anemonie: Agreed! Condolezza Rice is a brilliant woman, and women are under represented in the government. I don’t agree with her on the majority of views, but I absolutley respect her drive and intellect!
Post # 5
I’m a liberal Democrat, and I respect John McCain. Sarah Palin aside, I thought he ran a respectable Presidential campaign and I certainly respect and appreciate all of the work that he has done to try to implement campaign finance reform.
Post # 6
bluewolverine +1 on McCain
I respect Colin Powell. He seems like a guy who goes with his gut and moral compass on issues instead of what’s popular in his party.
Post # 7
Ron Paul. I think he’s nutso with his policies but he seems like a really genuine guy, and he’s one of the only politicians I can think of who never waivers from his viewpoints, no matter what is popular.