I'm a registered Republican, but for the first time I've sent in my voter registration card for Democrat so I can choose between Hilary and Bernie in the Texas primary. I haven't identified with these Republicans in years. It's a combination of how dismal I feel their leadership of Congress has been combined with how patient and effective Obama has been that's made me feel this way.
I'm a certified swing voter, in a non-swing state. Texas probably won't be of import on the presidential front for another 2 or 3 cycles, but that's OK. The future will look different than the past.
After considering the fact that Lyndon Johnson was a one-term President after the once-in-a-generation like effect of JFK, then Gerald Ford was a one-term president after Richard Nixon then George Bush 41 was a continuation of Nixon's and Reagan's policies in many ways, I think we're about ready for another one-term president.
Going from Clinton to Bush 43 to Obama, each having two terms, leads me to believe we need a good re-setting of the political table now that society has changed fairly dramatically from a demographics and information-sharing standpoint.
I think Hilary, Bernie and all the Republicans currently running represent the last of a dying breed. The younger candidates I'm most excited about...Julian Castro, Gavin Newsom, Cory Booker, Mark Warner, the Kamala Harris, etc. all appear to be sitting this one out or they aren't quite ready for national. But they're coming.
I think Bernie is a far left version of Candidate Obama and Hilary is a more centered version of President Obama, and I'm leaning to the middle right now. If you believe you're going to get two-terms out of Bernie, maybe you vote for him. If you're like me, and none of these Republicans make enough sense, you vote for Hilary.
Unless Bloomberg runs and puts a more reasonable VP on his Independent ticket. That would give me some pause for sure. Until then, though, I just don't see the muscle to Bernie's candidacy. A guy who's been in Congress for well over two decades and hasn't really accomplished much thinks he'll get a more friendly Republican-led Congress than Obama despite his socialist policies? Not sure how he thinks that, unless it's a race thing.