This is my dream ticket.
Bill Richardson and Barak Obama in '08.
This is the ticket that will get me going door to door and talking to people.
And I don't do that shit.
Bill Richardson is ready to be President NOW! He is the only candidate who has a snowball's chance in Hell of repairing the damage that the cretin currently occupying that office has done to our international relationships.
I want to see Richardson make it a goal of his Presidency and a campaign promise to personally meet with and talk to every single world leader in his first four years. That means EVERYBODY. N. Korea, Cuba, Iran, Syria and yes, even France. We have got to start rebuiding old relationships and establishing new relationships with the world community. This isolationist, bullying, "you're with us or against us" bullshit has gone on far too long. We need a Healer, not a Gun Slinger.
Bill Richardson could do that. He has done that. No one else can.
Barak as V.P. makes good sense. I think he would make a great President in his own right, but he needs seasoning. It's too soon. He hasn't been around long enough. I'd vote for him today, but I doubt that enough other voters would.
Eight years as V.P. would catapult him into his own eight years as POTUS. That's assuming that neither he or Richardson screwed the pooch and fucked things up. We could be looking at a 16 year Democratic reign to mend the fences and set things straight.
I love the Clintons. I miss Bill! But there are a whole shitload of people out there who really, REALLY don't like them. For those folks, the thought of Bill crossing that threshold and re-entering The White House for another 4-8 years...even as just a resident (with no official responsibilities, a lot of free time and easy access to the Lincoln Bedroom)...sends their blood pressure into stroke territory.
I don't think Hillary can win. I wish she could, I think she would do great, but I just don't see it happening. Electing the first woman President AND bringing Bill back is just too much for some folks to stomach. Plus, we would never get any health care reform under her watch because of the whole 1993 fiasco.
The rest of the Democratic candidates don't stand a chance and we all know it. They do to. They just like the sound of their own voices.
But a mildly Hispanic (his name is Bill Richardson...not Jesus Ramirez) and a light skinned, moderate, mixed-race, Tiger-Woodish, African Amrican who doesn't have the slavery baggage to carry around as a chip on his shoulder and whose slight brush with Islam could actually be a plus on the world stage...
In a sexist, racist America that is desparately needing a change of course but afraid to take it, these two...Bill Richardson and Barak Obama...might just be able to perform the miracle we need. They could win the election and chart a genuine change in course.
What do you think?