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The Next Waiting Game

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Much to H. Clinton’s credit the speech she gave as she bowed out of this long and painful Democratic nomination race was absent of the digs and self posturing that has come to epitomize her campaign the last few months.  She was fighting hard for the nomination, rallied on by the Hillary fanatics which is mostly comprised of frenetic feminists, Uncle Ruckus wannabees, and racists.  The longer the race went on I began to ponder who really wants to put the American budget in the hands of a person who can’t crunch the numbers to see that she was out of the running for the nomination a long time ago.

Now that the Democratic race has finally been laid to rest attentions are turning to the next big decision: who will Obama and McCain pick as their running mates?

McCain has been stalling on the decision but there has been no pressure to pick someone since the other party couldn’t even decide between their two candidates.  But while he’s been lollygagging around ideas for a running mate has been thrown out there.  Huckabee’s name has been mentioned by a few, which might give McCain an in with black conservatives.  The double threat that some seem to like would be for McCain to veep Condoleeza Rice because she’s black and a woman (along with being competent, intelligent and nearly as vicious as Cheney).  Although McCain seemed to have been as happy as a girl on prom night when Bush gave him props as the Republican nominee he tries to play both sides by distancing himself from the the current administration while at the same time holding on to a lot of Bush initiatives so to bring Rice on board with him would really signal a slight continuation of a Bush White House. 

And then there’s Bobby Jindal.  No one knows who he is, which is kind of good and his name sounds anglicized enough that without seeing the face you might think he was white but he’s Indian and not American Indian but East Indian.  That could be tricky in the south who happily mistookhis adopted Bangladeshi daughter for an African American love child.  With Jindal he could get the Asian vote and other Brown voters but has the potential to alienate those hardworking white voters who sometimes feel disenfranchised by virtue of their skin (not the circumstance of their class).

It would be nice to see the Republican put up something other than an all white male ticket but giving us what we are used to (and what some people will only accept) may be their winning ticket in November.

And who for Obama?  I love the way those who are pushing for him to take H. Clinton on keep repeating “But of course, it’s Obama’s decision to make.”  We all know this, but with the constant reiteration of that small fact makes it feel that if he chooses wrong there will be a price to pay.  And there may be.  The H. Clinton supporters all strong and although she threw her support towards Obama many aren’t really following but looking elsewhere.  They want to push for her to be on the ticket or they will go towards to McCain for a plethora of reasons: Obama is unvetted, they are unsure of who he is or what he stands for, he hasn’t been tested enough (I would say for a small minority his race plays a factor).  And I won’t say their fears aren’t unfounded but if they compared both Obama’s and H. Clinton’s platform they would see very little separates them.  He hasn’t spent years in Washington DC learning the game so he could become a negatively influenced politician that we like to caricature and complain about.  He meets the criteria that we as a country has set for anyone running for president: that he’s a natural born citizen, over 35 years of age and has lived in the U.S for more than 14 years.  No where does it say he needs to be in congress for x-amount of years or have been a governor of a state.  He doesn’t even have to be a politician, it’s just the way we’ve always done it.  He’s not coming with what we are used to but that might be what we need and if it’s not then we can vote him out in 4 years unless he’s doing a really bad job then we can impeach him. 

But to worry about voting him in because he doesn’t play the game is to cling to fear and I would think that we have had enough fear tactics over these past eight years.

I know some who want to vote for McCain because they feel he has the experience.  They are willing to allow him to, if necessary, make the Supreme Court more conservative, keep this war going (or even ratchet it up if he cares to) or not get the health care they need because McCain has more years in politics than Obama, but that doesn’t mean he has better ideas.  What I really love is how some feminists are entertaining the idea of voting for McCain despite their fears he could create a court that could overturn Roe v Wade and the story that years ago he called his wife the “C” word. 

Makes one wonder if people are really valuing experience.

But I don’t want Obama to make H. Clinton his VP and I don’t care if it causes a host of her supporters to take to the streets with John and Cindy on their shoulders like they are the second coming of Christ.  I don’t like what I saw in her in this race and I don’t want her to ascend the presidency even by default.  I would rather Obama lose without her than win with her.  It’s a matter of integrity, it’s a matter of honor and its all in that little word that he has been bandying about for the last seven months.  If he’s really for a change in politics he can’t run with someone who brought out all the bad of it for the last 100 years (I’m surprised her people weren’t at the polls asking folks to spell Chrysanthemum).  The VP doesn’t do much anyway except preside over senate and wait to step up if the President gets shot but I still don’t want her in that job.  By not choosing her means that her group of voters won’t shore up and vote Democratic then oh, well it’s done.  For the last six months people have been asking me what do I think about the race and I keep repeating that we will get the government that we deserve. 

We deserved Bush Jr, we deserved Bill Clinton.  In he 80’s we deserved Reagan and for a brief moment we earned Jimmy Carter.  When we realize that we are the government and that they are here to serve us and not the other way around then maybe something can really get done. 

But I don’t know if we are there yet.  We’re probably eons away from it. 

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Written by rentec

11 June, 2008 at 5:47 am

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