posted by Julian Oldham
I've said from the beginning of this thread that Barack Obama was Mrs. Clinton's most likely running mate. As a dark master of American politics, I
don't look at things through a partisan lense. As arm chair psychologist and political profiler, I look at what a person is capable of and what they
actually do. I may not agree with her politics, but I will acknowledge Hilary's skill in the arena.
I still say that American is ready for a black VP. I don't say that out of any true sense of idealism, I say that as a practical sociological matter.
In spite of our man ups and downs, we are more than we have been. We are ready. Having said that, I still question the politics of the Democrat party,
and I'm glad to see that Don shares my hope that they won't continue putting a torch to the Constitution as Mr. Bush has.
I feel vindicated AND validated. I shall now go and barbecue some beef and drink some beer as just reward.
1) On beer. As a youth I hated beer. It tasted terrible. Dionysus was my early ticket puncher to a young man’s right of passage to inebriation. I
joined the Army National Guard at 15 - altering a birth certificate making me 17 - and on each Tuesday night’s drill, my ride stopped at a tavern
for “a couple beers for the road.” This was a full generation before the MADD mothers made DUI so unpopular, and barely 4 years after the end of
War 2. It was 1949 and most out of the way barkeeps were still serving anyone in uniform. With or without pimples. The old enough to fight is old
enough to drink theory. (Which theory by the way is NOT
true. You do not have to be responsible to be KIA. To drink, you should be.).
Waxing nostalgic in the early 1980s - early sign of old age - I began to shop at a new for Ky liquor warehouse style store. Prior to a change in our
liquor laws, customers could not self-serve. I bought my first beers by label. Kirin of Japan had the most beautiful label and was not bad beer
either. Red Stripe of Jamaica proved to me you could make good beer in a hot climate. China offered a couple brands that were the equal to any. Canada
and Australia were among the best, which status I automatically granted to Germany. IMO there are more drunk Aussies than drunk Krauts. Proportionally
speaking. I did learn that St Pauli Girl was never sold in Germany, but was made there for the US market. I drank Lowenbrau long before Millers bought
it. Well, they bought the label. I finally settled in on a good American brand, Rolling Rock of Latrobe PA. I happen to have a 6 pack of Samuel Adams
Light in my fridge today. Even I am not entirely consistent.
Barack Obama has all those attributes you want in a candidate but rarely find in one person. He is handsome. He is young. He is articulate. He is
persuasive. He is a proven fund raiser. He seems to be squeaky clean. He is a family man. He may prove to be a cross-over candidate. Newcomers to
America - Green card holders and new citizens - may be able to easily identify with him; he barely makes the anti Schwarzenegger cut by being born in
Hawaii. He is black. Well, barely, but enough black that in the Old South he would have had to eat outside and use 'Colored' toilets. He has a book
(or 2) to his credit. I could go on mentioning he’s the husband of one wife and so on, but I think I’ve made my point.
So why did I resist “adopting” Barack as my own? 1) The ‘06 Ford v. Corker senate race in Tennessee showed the GOP was still wiling to play the
race card in any close election. I just wanted to avoid that issue because I believe having a woman at the top of the ticket would in itself be asking
the voters to make one quantum leap away from 220 years of male dominance. The devil you know is better than the devil you don’t know kind of
thinking. GOP presidents beginning with Eisenhower have proved to be slow to stuck when it comes to urging the cause of equality for America’s long
suffering blacks. Nixon played the race card, by opposing school bussing. Ford? He is the exception that proves the rule. Reagan? Humph! He looked
backwards and thrived on the Welfare Cadillac falsehood. The First Bush looked UPwards. What do blacks have to do with the rich anyway?
When Geogia’s own Newt Gingrich captured the Congress in 1994, the black ghettoes knew it was more hard times a’comin. Bush43 has “given” up
on America’s blacks. Anything he can do to “stomp back ” at them Texas style is his game. Did not his “handlers” have to ‘drug’ him to
get him into the NAACP convention? One time.
With Obama in the #2 slot, the voters will have to make a sea change TWO times in ONE vote. Hillary already had overwhelming support among rank and
file blacks so adding Obama will not add to her vote total. If ‘08 Republicans hold true to their evil ways, it could cost her some closet Redneck
votes. I’m counting on Obama to be a genuine cross-over candidate who will appeal to Hispanic voters and a small Muslim vote. Which reminds me of
immigration, but that is about to be solved
is it not?
2) I had previously urged Jack Warner (VA) or Bill Richardson (NM) as likely fail safe or even “fallback” candidates but Jack keeps saying
“No” and Bill has slipped badly. A Virginia Dem would put the south in "play” if the Movers and Shakers in the Dem hierarchy believed the
election would hinge in the south as in 2000. Alternatively a New Mexican puts the West in "play" if they believe the swing states (electoral votes)
were in the West. The Dems choice of Denver shows me there is strong sentiment in that direction. (That same logic does not explain the GOP choice of
NYC. I’m predicting a WTC site finale!)
Obama OTOH, “from” Illinois, is a state that has not had electoral prominence since the 1960 JFK squeaker over Nixon. With the first Richard
Daley long since deceased, stuffing ballot boxes the Windy City by the 10s of 1000s of pre-marked Dem votes to offset a similar GOP tactic downstate,
is not in the cards. Yet, the nation’s mood indicates Obama can confidently “promise” to carry his weight in Illinois, and could make a
impolitic jest by asking Hillary if she can do the same in Arkansas. (Hillary was born in Illinois).
So there you have it, J/O, my concession speech
You know the History Channel is attributing American’s 10 to 1 preference for beer over wine to the Little Ice Age? Which 500 years long
period closed with a bang in 1816, the Year With No Summer.
[edit on 6/23/2007 by donwhite]