Monday, January 29, 2007

Hillary and Barack in '08!

I'm a Democrat, so I won't even begin to handicap the race to out-Bush Bush (although Brownback looks like he appeals enough to the crazies in the party to win the day, so he'd be my bet right now), but I'm loving the vast (diverse) choices on the Democratic side (or, as dear George, the Worst President in History, would say in order to be a bigger ass than he already is, while denying that he meant anything by it as he did on NPR today, "the Democrat side").

And it's early days yet, with lots to learn about these people, and probably still more folks to jump in (Gore? Feingold?) I like some things about Dodds and Edwards, Kucinich has some appeal, Richardson is interesting. And I'm sorry Warner and Bayh dropped out because part of me thinks a Centrist approach would be good for the country after the horribly partisan Bush era.

But it came to me last night--fuck that! The ticket I could really get behind is Clinton and Obama. Hillary is clearly the smartest candidate out there and Obama the most charming, and I just love the idea of poking a stick in the eye of the Republicans by running an eminently qualified team consisting of a woman and an African American man. I don't care how divisive the campaign will be. They're the best pair. As Hillary says, Let the Conversation Begin!

Hillary and Barack in '08!

3 comments:

Mike Wooten said...

You said, "Hillary is clearly the smartest candidate out there and Obama the most charming, and I just love the idea of poking a stick in the eye of the Republicans by running an eminently qualified team consisting of a woman and an African American man." I don't understand how putting up a qualified woman or black candidate is "poking a stick" in my Republican eye. I do think you've sold Obama short... "Hillary is clearly the smartest candidate out there and Obama the most charming...." This Republican happens to think that Obama, who has the same Yale law degree as Clinton, is very smart...and although Obama has charm, it comes to mind only after his intelligence. Now please help me understand how a team consisting of a woman and a black man pokes a stick in the eyes of Republicans.

By the way, that ticket won't win and will never materialize, so this discussion is really academic.

Clifford Garstang said...

Mike,
You're right. Obama is very smart and I may change my opinion of which of the two is smarter after we've seen more of him. (But he went to Harvard law, not Yale, not that there's a significant difference, although Yale's harder to get into.)
As for poking Republican eyes with sticks, I think it is clear that the Repubiclan Party record on women's and minority's rights is abysmal, and that the party is rife with both sexism and bigotry. Furthermore, many Republicans virtually foam at the mouth when Hillary is even mentioned, so nominating her would send a strong "in your face" message (i.e., a stick in the eye).

zen said...

But isn't more division a bad thing for the nation? And isn't the healing of the nation more important than narrow political games and more of these "gotcha" moves out of spite?
Inevitably they always come back to bite the one that engages in this bahavior. ure it may feel good, but in the end it takes cooperation, not revenge, to make progress.

Bush for example...sure he's an idiot, sure he's a huge failure. But him going down, and being proven so wrong on the war (among everythig else) has implications for the entire nation...which we don't want. The lesson I guess is to use caution, and be careful what you wish for.