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Six Months Before Iowa

In religion and politics, people’s beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second hand, and without examination.

Mark Twain (1835 – 1910)

So…Hillary Rodham Clinton is way ahead in the “Newsweek” poll (conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates on 8/1) that show her getting 44% of the vote versus 23% going to Barack Obama and 14% going to John Edwards. The voters in Iowa are more fickle. According to a “Washington Post-ABC News” poll the top three candidates are virtually tied with Obama having a slight edge at 27% over Clinton and Edwards who each have 26%.

In Iowa “Though Clinton is seen by Iowa voters as the strongest leader and most electable candidate, her rivals get higher marks for likeability, (sic)  the Post reported.” Hillary is going to have to get out there and press some palms in the corn fields in the next six months. Do some schmoozing and kiss a lot of babies. I wonder how she’ll play at the church socials with the chicken and home made biscuits and noodles crowd…

According to Fox News out of Milwaukee (I know but it was the most up to date poll I could find.  What’re you gonna do?)  Wisconsin Polls show Hilary out in front with 39.5% of the voters committed to her, Barack trailing with 24.8% and John with a dismal 10.5%.  We like Al Gore here in Wisconsin and there are 13% of us who are going to write him in whether he wants to be president or not.  Let’s all go hug a tree! ;^>

The Democrats are going to have to take a lesson from the Republicans and stop trying to appeal primarily to the rational mind according to Drew Westen. in his book “The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation.” Hillary should understand this since Bill Clinton was a mastermind at it. In fact, I read an interview about Bill becoming the ‘first gentleman’ and whether or not he’d be giving tea parties for other heads of states wives. He said of course he would be willing to do whatever Hillary wanted him to do as her spouse.

The thought of him taking on that role tickled me so much I realized that even though I don’t like Hillary all that much I’d like to have Bill as the first ‘first husband’ in the White Houe so much that I might just vote for her to accomplish that.  Then there are the Vice President rumors.  What if whoever got the Presidential nomination named Bill Clinton as his running mate.  Could it be done?

Well, according to this article in the “Washington Post it’s clearly a possibility.  ”

Clinton could be vice president because he is only barred from being elected president a third time, not from serving as president. That’s the argument of Scott E. Gant, a partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner in Washington, and Bruce G. Peabody, an assistant professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey…”In preventing individuals from being elected to the presidency more than twice, the amendment does not preclude a former president from again assuming the presidency by means other than election, including succession from the vice presidency,” they wrote. “If this view is correct, then Clinton is not ‘constitutionally ineligible to the office of president,’ and is not barred by the 12th Amendment from being elected vice president.”

Of course more than likely the Republicans would tie any attempt by Hillary or any other Democrat to take Bill Clinton as their running mate up in a constitutional challenge that would destroy the campaign and might lead to a delay in the actual election or cause the results to be nullified if the Democratic nominee  and running mate Bill Clinton were found to be an unlawful set of candidates.  I doubt if anyone would dare to take the risk in such an important election.

Hillary should play up the fact that she’s bringing Bill and his expertise along.  Subtly of course.  Mustn’t portray herself as the little woman too weak to manage on her own, flying in on her husband’s coat tails.   Just pointing out what an asset she’s got at her side. With Bill in the White House as the First Husband, he will be the Co-Vice President defacto.  What a team they would make. As it gets closer to election time I imagine he’ll be hitting the campaign trail for her and her ratings will probably soar due to his ability to draw people in..

Obama better start picking up the pace here and wowing people a little more than he has been. He can’t just rely on a campaign style he borrowed from Jimmy Carter to carry him through. I mean he’s a nice enough guy but his inexperience is showing and that’s going to pop him in the arse in more ways than one.  I’m not sure I would even want him for a Vice President at this point.

I absolutely adore Dennis Kucinich and always have since I met him in 1992. There is a man of passion and zeal.  He’s about as liberal as you can get and when you hear him speak it’s like listening to an old time Tent Revival Preacher.  He really makes you believe in the Democratic party and the ideals that they stand for.  But he only gets 1-3% of the vote, primarily because he is too liberal.   I’d love to see him named as Vice President but if not they should hire Kucinich to campaign for whoever is nominated (if he’d do it) and I think they’d see some real results.

Edwards couldn’t get my vote if he stood on his head and ate soup and I can’t even tell you exactly why. I just don’t like him. I just never have.  Al Gore is too happy doing what he is doing.  I wouldn’t want to disturb the zen connection he has found in life working to make this world a better place.  We need men like him fighting that fight and I don’t think he’d make a good president fighting the battles the next president is going to have to fight.

To be honest with you I don’t have a good feeling about any of the current contenders.  Democrat or Republican.  None of them really inspire the kind of confidence in me that I need to feel during these trying times.  I want to know that the next person who sits in the Oval office will be someone with nerves of steel who isn’t xenophobic and has a calm thoughful temperment that doesn’t flare up into acting on anger.  I want someone who isn’t a fundamentalist religious fantatic.  I want someone who really cares about the people who elected him or her.  I want fundamental changes in this country not just business as usual.



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