Lately, the personal lives of several middle-aged folks have become unusually important and when you hear of third parties it is not in reference to a particularly wild weekend. Must be campaign season again. Better get those voting fingers poised 18-25 year olds, we've got some laziness to make up for. But since our demographic is infamous for alternating between too busy and too apathetic, if we manage to get to the polls we're liable to have only a vague idea of what each candidate supports. We risk sounding like those hapless sports illiterates rooting for the team with the choice colored uniforms. Hell, America elected our last president because he's the guy you can have a beer with at your local bar. Then go ducking hunting, cow-tipping, and mudd'n with. So what's it going to be in 2008? Obama's sex appeal? Romney's reassuring smile? Clinton's withering stare? Here's a crazy idea: This election, vote for the candidate most aligned with you're your opinions. Don't fret if you're not dutifully watching caucus coverage, however. The internet proves once again it has all the answers.
Glassbooth, a non-profit and non-partisan organization, has developed a site to help the politically uninformed access information without the overload. Like online dating services geared to find your special someone, Glassbooth matches the perfect candidate for you. Simply allot twenty points across topics of interest (social security, education, crime and punishment, etc.) then take a quiz that rates your stance on issues they involve. Glassbooth compares your answers with theirs and voila! Your presidential match made in heaven.
The quiz features links to Wikipedia articles explaining terminology and legislation you may have missed while watching E! True Hollywood Story instead of C-SPAN. Also, sound bites and the voting record of the candidates accompany the results. Each expands your understanding of the issues as well as these people vying for your acceptance.
With Glassbooth, that whole making a decision thing is done for you. Best case scenario: You can finally support your decision to vote against your parents' party. Worst: Your match is Mitt Romney. If nothing else, Glassbooth will help you to hold your own against the most ferocious of Young Democrats.