Here it is Wednesday, and I haven’t posted anything for a while. I’m back home with the honey-do list, a new critter to take care of, and I’m busy!! Trying to get everything done & ready to go back to Germany next week.
As I’m sitting here with the new cat on my lap, I’m looking at the politicians making absolute fools of themselves, and I wonder – who do they think they are fooling? I’m certainly no fan of Obama, and McCain doesn’t thrill me either. The barbs and mud are beginning to fly, and they are hoping that something will stick. The contest is a statistical dead heat at this point in time, so I guess any little advantage before the official nominations will help or hurt.
I did see where Clinton supporters have been less than enthusiastic about supporting Obama. Reading the scathing op-ed piece by Maureen Dowd in the New York Times makes it look like the Democrats are on the verge of a meltdown. But then again, the Democrats are the party of choice, right?
Of course, Republicans have the same problem with supporting McCain. His voting record has not conformed to the Party line, and has a reputation as a loose cannon. But you can say one thing about him – he speaks his mind and sometimes has to put seasoning on that foot he puts in his mouth.
The big question now on everyone’s mind is who will be the candidates’ choices for their running mate? To be honest, I haven’t been following the pundits very much except for the speculation about Edwards self-destructing his chances for another chance at the VP slot with the revelation of his affair. But an article at Real Clear Politics has this selection for the nominees in waiting:
Obama too, would want to name a woman since he is now losing the votes of women over forty, a natural Democratic constituency. But he can’t choose Hillary. If he did, he would inherit all their scandals, past and present and would be linked to a candidate awash in special interest money who is married to a former president knee deep in tainted associations with rulers from Dubai to Kazakhstan.
But if Obama doesn’t choose Hillary, he can’t choose another woman. That would elevate another woman to be competition with Hillary, a declaration of war on the Clintons.
So Obama will go with a safe choice: Virginia’s Governor Tim Kaine, Indiana’s Senator Evan Bayh, or Delaware’s Senator Joe Biden. Biden is the best choice. He is well versed in national security issues and offers reassurance that Obama will have someone to turn to. Excellent in debate, he can be counted on to bring the war to the Republicans. He would add reassurance and gravitas to the ticket just as Cheney did for Bush and Johnson did for Kennedy. (The only problem is that anyone objectively looking at an Obama-Biden ticket wonders if it shouldn’t be upside down).
But if he chooses the right vice presidential candidate, McCain can give his candidacy excitement and meaning, transforming the drab into the unusual and the ordinary into the spectacular.
The easiest way to do so is to name a woman. Two seem available. But Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, an attractive candidate for the future, is too inexperienced and Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison is, perhaps, too experienced. Both would have difficulty navigating a presidential campaign. Hutchison might just seem like an old woman running with an old man and Palin with McCain might seem like a father-daughter team, the younger partner just learning the ropes.
Instead, McCain should choose Senator Joe Lieberman. By choosing a Democrat – the party’s nominee for vice president only eight years ago — McCain would dramatically demonstrate that his candidacy transcends the normal, vitriolic partisanship that grips Washington.
And you know, it all makes perfect(?) sense (??)… It’s going to be an interesting spectacle…