One of the more interesting online tools I've seen for politics is up and running at the Washington Post. Choose Your Candidate is a series of 25 questions for members of each party where you questions are posed on various issues up for debate. The various candidates' answers are offered without identifying who gave the answer. For each selection you also input how important the issue is to you personally.
Being one of those wishy-washy, moderate independents I took both tests today. On the Democratic side I suppose I shouldn't be too surprised that the tool identified Bill Richardson as my ideal choice, with well over 30 points when none of the other choices came up to 20. One shocking bit was that Obama came in dead last on my results. I have been warming up to Obama lately so it was unexpected to see him rate so low.
On the GOP side it was a real head scratcher. My choices came in as basically a dead tie between Ron Paul and Rudy Giuliani! That's an odd matchup.
Sad to say, with the exception of Rudy, nobody lining up with my policy choices seems to be in the running. Ah well... I'm not letting a web site determine my vote anyway.