“All the women I know are supporting Hillary.”

Given the tone of voice that person used when speaking those words to me, they may as well have also been saying, “I thought you were smart. How can you not see the writing on the wall that Hillary will be the Democratic candidate for president?”

I suppose that person could be right. It could be a foregone conclusion, but I hope not because I’m tired.

Tired of the careful and the crafted and the scripted. Tired of candidates who measure every single word and phrase they utter. It just shouldn’t be that hard for a candidate to talk openly and plainly about what they believe without being afraid of which way the poll numbers will move if they deviate from their carefully planned pitches.

I know on some level all the candidates are focused on staying “on message,” but I’m ready for a little presidential passion.

As I was watching the MSNBC Democratic debate last night, it was easy for me to see who has the spark of their convictions and was more willing to speak with some passion and purpose, and it wasn’t the purported front-runners.

The candidates who don’t have anything to lose seemed pretty genuine — Kucinich and Gravel spoke their minds and didn’t appear to suffer from the problem of self-censorship.

Richardson and Edwards were crafted yet inspired at the same time. There’s something personal about this process for them and I feel that when I hear them speak.

I don’t get that feeling from Obama or Clinton.

Yes, Barack and Hillary are smart and competent and knowledgeable and good fundraisers. But when they speak, I get a sense that there’s a little tiny voice in their heads saying, “Say the right words. Don’t make any big, sudden movements that will frighten the voters. Keep. To. The Script.”

This time around, aside from wanting a Democrat, I’m hoping for a little something more in my president than just being capable.

I want the person sitting in the Oval Office to have a burning desire to really change things.

There are plenty of similarities in the views of the Democratic candidates for me to know that if one of them gets into the White House in 2009, on most issues it’s not really going to matter who it is.

The difference is in their guts. And their hearts. And their desire to make things better, domestically and internationally, starting from the very first second after they’ve finished taking the oath of office and not just when they get around to it.

On a slightly more frivolous note, I’ve sent a message to Nina Garcia of Elle Magazine over at PunditMom Reviews.