Tuesday, January 29, 2008

My New Dream Ticket


My original Dream Ticket was Bill Richardson for President with Obama as VP. You can read all of the reasons here.

But with Richardson dropping out of the race, that dream evaporated.

So this is my new ticket. I'm supporting Obama over Hillary because, as I've stated many times before, I don't think Hillary can win in the general election.

For the democrats to win the general election, they are going to need to attract independents and swing voters. There are moderate republicans out there who are sick of Bush, sick of the wars, and disillusioned with the direction their party has taken. Those moderate republicans are ready for a change and they might be ready to vote for Obama.

But those same moderate republicans would sooner scoop their own eyeballs out with a rusty spoon before they will see Hillary in the Oval Office and Bill Clinton wandering the halls of the White House with lots of time on his hands and the keys to the Lincoln Bedroom.

Look at all of the negative attention Bill has been getting as he campaigns for Hillary. That's bringing back a lot of bad memories for the folks who dislike him. He's doing more harm than good. He could do a lot more damage over the next year because he is genetically incapable of keeping his mouth shut and staying out of the spotlight. Hillary might be able to win the primary, but not the general.

The people in this country want change. And swapping a Bush for a Clinton, again, is not change.

Now, Kathleen Sebelius. Here is a woman who is a democratic governor of a republican state. Her father, John Gilligan, was the democratic governor of Ohio. Her father-in-law, Keith Sebelius, was the republican representative for Kansas' 1st congressional district from 1969 to 1981. So she has the skills to get along with both sides of the fence. This would make her a great running mate because before and after the election she could help forge alliances and make deals across the aisle as the President of the House of Representatives.

Plus, if you didn't notice, she's a woman. And she's a lot more likable than Hillary. That brings in the female vote.

Finally, here is my real genius advice.

Most presidential candidates don't announce cabinet appointments before they've won the election.

I think Obama should break with that tradition and announce very soon that IF elected, he will appoint Bill Richardson to be the new Secretary of State.

Bill Richardson had the stongest resume of any candidate running. But most importantly, Richardson has been recognized for negotiating the release of hostages, American servicemen, and political prisoners in North Korea, Iraq, and Cuba.

Let me repeat...North Korea, Iraq, and Cuba. He has demonstrated that he can talk to some of the bat-shit craziest dictators in the world and actually get results.

This is the guy we need as Secretary of State. This is the guy who can travel the world, talking to the heads of state, even (gasp!) talking to our enemies, to try and repair the damage that dubya and his crazy cronies have caused over the past 7 years.

Plus, he's Hispanic.

So between the 3 of them, you have a black man without the slavery/victim-baggage of previous black candidates, you have a strong, white woman with demonstrated leadership and compromising skills, you have a Hispanic man with a strong resume of leadership and negotiation.

We need all three of them, Obama, Sebelius and Richardson all out there as a team talking to voters for the next year explaining how they can put America back together, bring republicans and democrats together, and put our international relationships back together.

I think that would be one powerful team.

I'm Xavier Onassis and I approve this message.


travel said...

Sebelius? Gag
Obama? Maybe
Richardson? He'd be good in times of peace but terrible in times of war

Course I'm a conservative so my vote doesn't count here EXCEPT if McCain gets it. I can't stand the guy and figure if it's him or Obama, I'd rather see Obama.

You may get your wish.

Anonymous said...

I agree with you on Hillary, not sure about Obama.

Sebelius would be a good choice of running mate for any candidate.
However, the VP becomes President of the Senate, not the House of Reps.

Xavier Onassis said...

You are correct, my anon friend. I knew that didn't sound right as I was typing it. Thanks for the correction.

Spyder said...

I would love that ticket.

logtar said...

Logtar Supports XO's message.

Jay said...

That ticket would be awesome!

Well Hell Michelle said...

I think Bill Richardson may still accept running as Vice President for Obama. I'm still holding out for that.

emawkc said...

XO, I genuinely agree with a lot of what you say (and not "agree" in the sense that I really disagree and am about to make fun).

Honestly, as one of the "moderate" Republicans you refer to (I like to call myself a "swinger"), Richardson was the most attractive Dem candidate for me. A Hillary nomination will cement my vote for either McCain or Ron Paul. I swear Hillary doesn't have a sincere bone in her body.

As for Sebelius, I know her too well to buy into her as running mate for Obama, and I agree with Michelle that Richardson would be a better VP candidate.

All that said, I really don't thing Obama is that great of a candidate either, just the least worst now that Richardson is out.

So here's my write-it-down, can't miss, 100% money-back guarantee prediction of how things are going to shake out: The Dems are going to appoint Hillary as candidate, she'll choose Obama as a running mate, and they'll loose to McCain and a VP candidate I haven't decided on yet.

KC Sponge said...

emaw, you're so silly . . .

Lee said...

It seems like the donkey powers that be have been groom Sebelius for national office for some time now. The State of the Union response speech is just the latest evidence.

But I'd see a Richardson VP as a waste of talent. Whether Hilary or Obama are elected, they're not going to be as, shall we say, suggestible as GW and the VP is likely to slide back into a largely symbolic tiebreaker role. Richardson would be much more effective as Sec of State.

The Dem candidate I miss the most is Joe Biden, mostly because there was always the prospect of him saying some crazy shit.

Kansas Dude said...

Sebelius for VP? Are.you.kidding.me? This gal may rival Hillary Clinton for whore of all time. She married into the name and rode the name into office. Real Kansas people (excluding Johnson, Wyandotte, or Sedgwick county) find her repugnant and embarassing.

JW said...

I'm just excited about all the QUALIFIED people who will be appointed to cabinet positions when the DEMS take the White House, where they can start reversing the damage done by 8 years of dipshits and assholes.