Thursday, March 20, 2008
Here's the plan:
A way to resolve the bitterness and pessimism:
- Clinton and Obama run on a joint ticket. Doesn't matter who is the presidential nominee, but for the sake of argument, let's say it's a Clinton/Obama ticket.
- Democrats win in November.
- Upon assuming office in 2009, Hillary Clinton resigns. Obama becomes president.
- Obama selects Al Gore as the replacement for VP. It's approved by Congress.
- Obama resigns, Gore becomes president.
- Gore selects John Edwards as the replacement for VP. It's approved by Congress.
- Americs gets to work.
Is this plan fore play for a four-way?
foolproof. Can't see how this could miss.
On the other hand, it's a little like the Comintern, with a rotating Praesidium...
Still, can't be any worse than a Permanent Republican Majority (tm)
Wait wait wait.
Where are the ponies for everyone?
This is my pretty pony scenario:
Clinton and Obama continue to battle it out to a tie and neither gets the first ballot nomination. Someone whispers to Al Gore, "Let's draft you instead. Al, it's a 90 day sprint to November. Just say 'Okay,' okay?"
Al says "Okay," he wins the second ballot nomination, the Dems raise $200 million in 10 days, and we're off to smoke McCain.
A voter can dream, but this one is starting to look more and more plausible...
So, the African-American and the female should just step aside so that two white males can run the country.
Okay. We've never tried that before.
I have a better idea.
How about if Clinton drops out of the race and endorses Obama so he can cruise to victory over 110-year old McLame.
And maybe Quiddity can give up the "Eek! Eek! The sky is falling!" Chicken Little routine and calm down.
I mean, seriously. Just imagine the two standing on a debate stage before a national audience. The tall, youthful, cool-as-a-cucumber Obama and the short, gray-haired, confused old man McSame. It's Kennedy vs. Nixon all over again. Appearance is everything.
Hillary cannot get the nomination without igniting a civil war within the party, so your scenario falls apart right there. Cooler heads will prevail. Whether you like it or not, Obama is the nominee. And he'll win, too. He'll beat McBush like a rented mule.
And one more thing: Democrats never give their losers a second nomination. Not since Stevenson blew it twice. Only Republicans do that, and not since Nixon. But he earned it by campaigning his ass off for congressional candidates in the '66 midterms, which saw Republican gain seats in the House. I haven't seen Al Gore lift a finger to help the Democratic party since 2000.
Kennedy v. Nixon? Or Nixon v. McGovern? We weren't deeply involved in a war in 1960.
Also, Kennedy had significant military leadership experience at a young age. Obama, not so much. If Obama is the candidate, he'll have to choose a running mate with solid military experience if the dems hope to compete with McCain the eventual republican team. This might not please a lot of his base, but might avoid a defeat of 1972 porportions.
Why does having a vagina or having darker skin suddenly qualify someone for the presidential nomination? It is the height of stupidity, yes, stupidity, to suggest that my comment had anything to do with race or gender.
I want the Democratic Party to pick someone to beat McCain. That's the reason for my comment.
I would gladly support Hillary or Obama, but I just don't know if enough swing voters out there are going to do it, especially after the attacks that are continuing on Obama this week. The swing voters have already bought into a narrative that McCain is "tough" (Bill Maher says correctly that McCain is dumb, not tough) and a "straight talker" (despite ample evidence of flips and flops that make Kerry look positively resolute). Obama's lost control of the narrative he had been building, and I don't know if he can get it back.
And Screamin', if you're going to talk historical analogies, you should read your history more carefully. Gore won the popular vote in 2000. That's more than anyone can say for Adlai Stevenson...