Sifting and winnowing
We can all be swayed by the emotion of the moment, the allure of the bandwagon, and the momentum of an ascending candidacy. Barack Obama seems to be the rising star, and the likely "Democratic" nominee. As of now, we can't be sure of what we are getting with any of the candidates, but the above information, combined with the record of who voted which way on the authorization to invade "Iraq" should serve as a guide.
Hillary Clinton and John Edwards voted for the Bush criminal regime's invasion of "Iraq." They were joined by such bright lights of "American" statesmanship as Strom Thurmond, Pete Domenici, John McCain, Larry Craig, Trent Lott, and Ted Stevens.
Anyone who voted for the Bush criminal regime's invasion of "Iraq" should be automatically disqualified for public office. If I, from the distance of Madison, Wisconsin, could see that the "intelligence" used to promote the invasion was fake, surely these senators could. If I, from the distance of Madison, Wisconsin, could see that the Bush gang - Bush, Cheney, Rice, Powell, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, et. al. - as criminal sociopaths, surely these senators could.
Now we are beginning to reap the results. I'm not sure what we exactly need or who is the best candidate for President of the United States, but we can make a good start by not rewarding those who helped get us into the mess in which we now find ourselves.