The possible candidates are:
Not a heartwarming group. Alas.
I can eliminate Braun, Sharpton and Kucinich -- two for having no name recognition and nothing that makes them interesting, and one because he's Al Sharpton.
In the second group are the Has-Beens: Lieberman and Gephardt. I think Lieberman is just tired after the Gore thing -- and just being Joe Lieberman -- and Gephardt has been in every Democratic Primary since 1984. I don't want to see them anymore. It gives the party and the primary process this old, tired, stodgy, failed feeling.
We have the 'statesmen': Graham and Kerry. Graham is dull and uninteresting. I write him off immediately. John Kerry, every time he looks like he's going to step up to the plate and do something interesting, he backs down and mumbles something about reaching across the aisle. It's nice that he's actually starting to be a bit pro-active, but he seems too nice, too polite, and not enough fire. The vibe I get is not that he wants it, but that he's entitled to it. I'm not keen on entitlement.
So that leaves John Edwards and Howard Dean. I find Edwards to be slimy. He has a coat of film. I can see it in his pictures. He's all shiny.
I voted for Dr. Dean, ex-Governor of the Free Republic of Vermont.
As a bonus, looking through his literature, the man is insane. I prefer my candidates to be crazy. And he's pro-gun. So he's a crazy, somewhat-liberal, somewhat-centrist, pro-gun Democrat who likes to shake his fist at the sky and scream about War and misuse of money and deficit. And mostly, he seems to have some fire.
I'm more interested right now in people who want it then people who feel entitled to it. I'm looking for someone who is willing to fight and won't fold. I don't think any of them will give me what I'm looking for, so I'm looking for the guy with the most entertainment value.
If anyone cares, the campaign page is here. Sadly, I cannot find a good link to order swag. If you're going to stand around and scream, dammit, there should be swag involved. It's a moral imperative.