For me, trustworthiness is the personality trait that is most important in choosing a candidate (local, state or national) for whom I will give my vote. I am a Democrat, but I never voted for Bill Clinton because I didn't trust him. He certainly had issues in this regard, but in retrospect, I believe he is one of the finest presidents in the past 50-75 years. I found no reason to trust either of the Bushes (the first Bush, with his CIA past, was a no-brainer), and both of their presidencies were filled with deceitful acts against the American people. I have voted for many Presidential candidates who had little chance of winning--George McGovern and Walter Mondale come to mind--and I didn't consider them wasted votes. As for the upcoming Republican primaries, I don't believe any vote would be considered wasted if the candidate fulfills one's ideals for leadership. I would NEVER vote for such a scoundrel as Newt Gingrich, and I can't really imagine why anyone who knows anything about his past would do so. I particularly like Ron Paul, and as of today (December 19), he is leading in the Iowa straw poll, so what might have been considered a wasted vote several months ago would not be today. Votes for third-party candidates, such as George Wallace and Ross Perot, are not wasted votes, IMO; and if Donald Trump decides to run in 2012, the votes he receives will probably decide the election--for either Obama or the Republican candidate.