Election 2008, Part 7 of 8: Hillary Factor
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Barack Obama, Democratic candidate for 44th President of the United States, might not possess precursory ‘experience', as the Republican demagogue tirelessly continues to lament, however those individuals with whom Obama keeps company, most certainly do.
Indeed, one can tell a lot about people by the company they keep. Barack Obama's rolodex of confidants reads like a Who's Who of contemporary political pundits: The eloquent Joseph Biden, former President Bill Clinton, the affable and amiable Rudolph Giuliani, New York Senator and recent Democratic Party nominee rival Hillary Clinton, well-respected journalistic heavyweight the late Tim Russert and most recently esteemed retired general, former Secretary of State and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Colin Powell.
Further, those with potential to sabotage the Obama juggernaut, such as the wackadoo Jeremiah Wright, Obama distanced quickly, drawing a proverbial delineation line in the sand.
In stark contrast, John McCain's circle of associates and political confidants reads a bit more cautionary, practically a Who's Who of incompetence and duplicity: Carl Rove, Dick Chenney, Donald Rumsfield, George W. Bush, G. Gordon Liddy (yeah, THAT G. Gordon Liddy) and, most recently Sara Palin, whose sparse political achievements are, at best, awash in spotty speculation.
In Colin Powell's pre-election October 2008 interview on Meet The Press, in which Powell delivered his endorsement of Barack Obama, Powell methodically outlined a two-point course of logic for his endorsement of Barack Obama: (1) That Obama does possess the potential and the capacity to be President, and (2) that Executive secession-planning, for each candidate, must be taken into serious consideration, as appropriate, pertaining to the two Vice Presidential hopefuls as well.
As such, seasoned, tenured and even-handed Joe Biden clearly is himself prepared to step-up and discharge duties as President of the United States, if so tasked, which as Powell pointed out, was the ultimate "job" of the Vice President.
In another stark contrast reality check, Powell continued verbalizing bluntly what has been a topic of muted conversations and deep-throat whisperings across America - in barbershops and locker-rooms to the high-level cloak rooms of politics: that given McCain's age and ‘curious' medical health history, is America ready for ‘President Sarah Palin' to be sworn in upon the death or incapacity of the standing elected President?
In an October 30st 2008 article carried in the San Jose Mercury News by established journalists Michael Cooper and Dalia Sussman, both of the New York Times, a reported "59 percent of voters surveyed said that Palin was not prepared for the job" of President should such a circumstance unfold requiring that task of her.
This is not a question about whether or not America is ready for a female President. Margaret Thatcher, Indira Ghandi, Benazir Buttro have all demonstrated that females in a nation's highest elected position is not just good business, but also effective in instilling within a nation a sense of effective national balance.
America is equally prepared for employing good political business practices in the pursuit of our own continued National balance.
As such, and now in 20/20 hindsight, the United States had its 2008 opportunity to effect this dynamic interpretation of National change in a Hillary Clinton candidacy nomination. America, 21st Century America to be specific, is indeed ready for a female Commander In Chief.
Conversely, what America is not prepared for, or in any position to continue pursuing, is another empty-suited talking head like Republican vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin; a candidate who at any given time now seems almost like a parody of herself and who, in all of her vapid-minded , breathy ‘uber-hotness', seems potentially better suited to a career in the adult film industry, not politics.
If McCain was so intent upon picking a female Vice Presidential candidate in an attempt to capture disassociated female voters who, at the time of his Palin VP selection debacle just a few short months ago, were reeling over Hillary Clinton's loss of the Democratic Party candidate nomination, then McCain should have selected Hillary Clinton herself as his running mate.
No, that is not a typo, you read that correctly: McCain should have tapped Hillary Clinton as his running mate.
What has now evolved into a ticket considered by many to be "old and dumb" with Palin, would have been viewed much differently had McCain gone with Hillary. Had Hillary Clinton been the top draft pick in McCain's political offensive line in attacking the Obama juggernaut while en route to the White House, McCain's leadership potential would have seriously shaken the Obama cage and what is currently laughed at as being "old and dumb" in McCain and Palin, would have easily been regarded along the lines of "strategic and Inclusionary" in McCain and Hillary.
John McCain's now increasingly dubious lip service about supposedly being a "maverick" is exploding in his hands, with his apparent stay-the-course and business-as usual mantra appearing more and more evident.
Hillary Clinton has already demonstrated favorably that she is competent, experienced and fully capable of making ‘cross-party' political accords, unlike Palin, who seems a little too easily distracted by high-end designer fashion and shiny objects.
Had John McCain truly been the ‘maverick' he has been tirelessly heralding, he would have been wise enough, prudent enough and strategic enough in selecting for his Vice Presidential partner the single most elect-able White House shoo-in: Hillary Clinton, serving Senator form New York, Washington political powerhouse and former twice-sitting Presidential first lady.
That would have truly made McCain a political ‘maverick.' Additionally, it would have placed a serious and distinct frost upon the good Senator from Illinois, and now apparent Presidential frontrunner, Barack Obama.
Yes, Obama by all indications in advance of the historic November 4th 2008 election is by all measures and accounts, ahead enough in each and every poll taken to date, that he will indeed win the election. But, at what cost? Angering and alienating the Hillary Clinton political machine as well as her camp's of millions of influential voters, many of whom now support McCain out of spite for Obama's early contempt of Clinton previously?
The Hillary factor: 20/20 hindsight is always so crystal clear. Ironically, both candidates for President, the esteemed Senator John McCain and the inclusive Senator Barack Obama, now do not have the privilege of 20/20 hindsight; each only has the embarrassment and the angst of a very hard reality: Each abandoned, ignored and even scoffed at Hillary Clinton after she failed to secure the Democratic Party's nomination.
Further, both Obama and McCain went on to make the exact same fatal flaw by attempting to remove her name from the headlines as expeditiously as possible and in doing so replace her name and notoriety with their own.
McCain and Obama each share a dubious common bond: Whichever of these two candidates loses the 2008 bid for Presidency of the United States of America, will lose in large part because they each ignored the tremendous political power of Hillary Clinton and her millions of voting minions.
Had either candidate reached out to Clinton and immediately embraced her, simply put, this Presidential race would not be as close as it is today.
God bless these United States of America.
© 2008 - R. MARTIN BASSO & 3 Doves Media
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