I took the test on the Electoral Compass website mentioned in this Crooked Timber post, and wasn’t at all surprised by the result—of the US presidential candidates, my views are closest to Barack Obama’s, and furthest away from Fred Thompson. In this particular model of the American political landscape, the main candidates of each party are closely grouped together, with Hillary Clinton, John Edwards and Bill Richardson virtually on top of one another, and only Ron Paul (apparently my best choice from the Republican camp) any distance away from his fellows.
But for some reason I decided not to stop there, and tried out Glassbooth. Glassbooth covers a lot more candidates and informed me that Dennis Kucinich was the best match for my beliefs, followed by Mike Gravel and then John Edwards. Again, Ron Paul was the closest Republican, but this time Fred Thompson was the next closest.
I could go on (and I did). According to this site, I should be voting for Kucinich, followed by Gravel and then Clinton. The Washington Post thought my best choices from each party would be Edwards and McCain. On this site, I got Kucinich, Chris Dodd, then Obama with Rudy Giuliani the top Republican. This site recommended Bill Richardson.
I’m now hopelessly confused. But luckily for America, I don’t get to vote anyway….