Watching the Democrats

As a registered Republican, I usually don’t follow the Democratic primaries very closely. But this campaign has been different. Between the war in Iraq, the economic policies of Bush, and the energy of Dean; things are starting to pull me into the fray.

I consider myself a fiscally conservative Democrat – I think government needs to act to make lives better, but I don’t want to just throw money at the problem. I stereotype Republicans as thinking the free market is the solution and Democrats as thinking government spending is the solution. And since I’ve always felt that it was easier to get a Republican to do the right thing than to get a Democrat to stop spending, I found myself a registered Republican.

But I’m starting to view things differently. The Democratic Presidential candidates are starting to sound more fiscally responsible than President Bush. And having both the legislative and executive branches of government in Republican control isn’t as appealing as I thought it would be. This may be the year when I vote for a Democrat for President.