26 August 2008

Go Ahead, Dream Big

Well, I for one was not impressed. Joe Biden is a fine guy; even David Brooks likes him. But honestly, I was hoping for someone more thrilling.

Months ago – Ok it was June – I teased the folks at StreetProphet (a Kos like website for squirrelly religious folk) about an Obama-Clinton ticket. I was laughed at as hopelessly na├»ve. This past week it was the dream that wouldn’t die. Maybe my prophetic powers are better even than I realized. (to quote the moose of yore, “Don’t know my own strength.”)

Even though the die has been cast, let’s play "what if" for a moment. Exercise the imagination and maybe have a few laughs along the way.

1. Obama – Shriver. That’s right, the wife of “Ahnold,” which would mean that he would have to resign. Would this be a bad thing? And she has high recognition to say nothing of very deep connections. Of course, she’s never held office, but happens to be related to about a dozen. And the Kennedy name excites frantic reactions left and right. But what about…

2. Obama – Richardson. The gov/rep/am/sec of NM, who flamed out early (and was my horse at the start of the race), has the perfect Veep resume. Add his southwest constituency and that he is half Latino, he would have been demographically perfect. He dumped the Clintons early, clearly waving his Horshak hand for the job. But he is even more of a loose cannon than Joe, so why not go for a democrat with the steadiness to thrive in republican land? Hence…

3. Obama – Sibelius. Blond bombshell governor of heartland state. Sorry fellow Michiganians, Granholm was born in Canada and to change that law would open the door to the governator. Governors always have an advantage when running for president, but it may not work for Veeps. But the whole black guy with blond girl thing is still a bit volatile (can you spell Paris?) so instead why not…

4. Obama – Stabenow. A blond bombshelter. Not being mean but it means her appeal is genuinely political. No chortling here. And she has that Biden authenticity with the plus of a state larger than a county. But, Obama is from Illinois which is only slightly more prosperous than the Great Lakes State. And Debbie has a conservative streak that could make her balk around things like the automobile industry. So why not go for broke, and set the old liberal rocket ablaze and don’t hold back. The truly perfect ticket was…

6. Obama – Kennedy. Yep, Teddy. Sure he’s old and sick, but think of what it would mean to be able to round out the fifty years since 1960 with another Kennedy? One could say that JFK marked the end of the liberal era, or at least its emotional high water mark. Conservatism has reached its climax in W and a Kennedy as VP would be a terrific bookend. Sure, he would not live out the term, but the mere hope of seeing him sworn in and then presiding over the body he has served for most of those fifty years, even for a short time, would be worth it.


That’s going to have to be enough. I did not have time for the Obama – Jolie ticket, the Obama – Gorbachev ticket, the Obama - Oprah ticket. Tell me your outrageous Obama ticket. Go out on a limb. We may never have another wild card like this again in our lives.

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