Thursday, May 22, 2008

Colin Powell: Too Old? Too Military? Too Male? Too Republican? Too Black? Too Uninterested?

Colin PowellColin Powell: Too Old? Too Military? Too Male? Too Republican? Too Black? Too Uninterested?

Colin Powell is black. I'll get that out of the way. While you probably noticed that, so will the American voter. Since Barack Obama has a few followers voting on his race, this could impact the competition.

Unless, what if, Barack Obama picks Powell? He's military, but Obama is not.

Powell is respected, a true leader. Most of his career we never heard of him, then, wham! He's in the public eye thanks to becoming Ronald Reagan's National Security Advisor followed by appointment as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, then, as George W Bush's Secretary of State. However, he hardly launched into those positions from nowhere, and served in leadership, but quietly.

Wise? Loaded with wisdom. As military people go, he is as diplomatic as you'll find.

What matters in any vice presidential candidate are his views. While in these days, we hardly expect that a VP will step up into the role of president, it can happen. We want a VP to represent what America, on the whole wants. Though Republican, some of his views will appeal to the more liberal side. These could alienate the conservative crowd, as well as evangelicals and Catholics who would prefer an anti-abortion White House.
  • Pro-choice
  • Supports affirmative action
  • Favors some gun-control
  • Supports the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy.

Where he stands on the Iraq War is not as simple as for or against. While he seems to agree with Bush that Iraq is a source of future terrorism, and wants a peaceful Iraq, he disagrees that the USA military is capable of getting the job done. However, he'll concede that war will continue when we're gone. All said, I think, if in charge, he would send in a wave of troops to settle what could be quickly settled, then pull out, but leave advisers.

Views are not enough, though.

Race, of course, will be a strength and weakness. As many people out there who, as closet racists, will vote for him because he is black, there are as many, or more, who are equally racist, and not vote for him because of skin color. With Barack Obama running, though, this leaves the KKK crowd (and their subtler brethren) with the choice only not voting, voter for a this party, or voting against what they believe.

Meanwhile, he's 71. Ageism is a factor for some voters. Powell looks very alive, and younger than chronology suggests. He would be 75 after the first term. Two terms seems unlikely.

My guess: if offered, he would turn it down. His life as been the military, not domestic service. He's been a desk leader, as well as in the trenches. Capable as a leader, but his focus has been different. He has not pursued an office since 2005, and, will not this time. He's retired.

First seen here: Colin Powell: Too Old? Too Military? Too Black? Too Uninterested?

Obama Starts VP Search

Is this news? No. Both Barack Obama (Democrat) and John McCain (Republican) have known they have been the nominee for their respective parties for months. With Obama, it took longer to seal the deal, but no surprises.

Give both of these men credit. Each has a long and short list of running mates. They are not the kind who will be unprepared.

CNN reports, "House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, was surprised Thursday to hear Obama has started a search." T which I say, "Good thing you aren't running."

Obama Starts VP Search
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Barack Obama is beginning his search for a running mate, but Sen. John McCain's campaign denies speculation that he's interviewing vice presidential candidates at his home this weekend.

Sen. Barack Obama has quietly begun searching for a vice presidential candidate, a source says.

A veteran Democratic activist told CNN that former Fannie Mae CEO Jim Johnson has accepted Obama's request to begin a screening and selection process for the No. 2 spot.

Johnson performed a similar role for Democratic presidential nominees Walter Mondale in 1984 and John Kerry in 2004.

Meanwhile, Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, is hosting top party figures at his home in Arizona this weekend, fueling speculation he is starting his own search for a running mate.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

John Edwards, VP?

Not unexpectedly, John Edwards is to give long-awaited endorsement to Barack Obama. Big deal? Has Edwards waited until now so give Obama that shot that will finally sink Hillary so as to give himself a boost into the VP running?

Doesn't matter. Whomever Obama picks, it cannot be someone who contradicts Obama's middle of the road image. Edwards is seen as a hater of religious people. Obama's worked hard to draw evangelicals, a John McCain weakness. Evangelicals won't be pleased with pro-choice leader NARAL's endorsement, but might not care about the affiliation. Obama dares not lose these voters.

Edwards will not get the tap on the shoulder. He's too much the same as Obama on the issues, but offers nothing good in his differences.
By CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press Writer

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Democrat John Edwards is endorsing former rival Barack Obama, fresh signs of the party establishment embracing the likely nominee even as Hillary Rodham Clinton refuses to give up her increasingly long-shot candidacy.

Edwards was to appear with Obama in Grand Rapids, Mich., as Obama campaigns in a critical general election battleground state, the Obama campaign said Wednesday.

The endorsement comes the day after Clinton defeated Obama by more than 2-to-1 in West Virginia. The loss highlighted Obama's work to win over the "Hillary Democrats" — white, working-class voters who also supported Edwards in large numbers before he exited the race.

Barack Obama Picks Up NARAL Endorsement

NARAL Pro-Choice America endorses Obama

NARAL believes Barack Obama will better serve the pro-abortion community than John McCain. Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, says her group has always considered McCain pro-life as well.

NARAL, of course, was founded as National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws by Bernard Nathanson and others. Their single agenda: abortion will be freely available to all women, all ages, no questions asked. It is, for them, a medical procedure, not the killing of human life.

Bernard Nathanson, like Sandra Cano ("Mary Doe") and Norma L. McCorvey ("Jane Roe"), is now a vocal pro-life activist, convinced that his efforts were based on misinformation, "I confess that I knew the figures were totally false, and I suppose the others did too if they stopped to think of it."

NARAL founder Bernard Nathanson discusses abortion in the documentary below

Monday, May 12, 2008

Ted Strickland, Tim Kaine, Bill Richardson, Janet Napolitano?

  1. Ted Strickland
  2. Tim Kaine
  3. Bill Richardson
  4. Janet Napolitano

That's what Shawn Wasson thinks.

Strickland gets it is for his animal shooting virtues (big National Rifle Association rating).

Kaine sees a few points because he was a Catholic missionary. Unsure why he sees that as a virtue in a society that hates candidate's to admit they are Christian, let alone missionaries. How long did Mike Huckabee last? Democrats, though love to hate religion, but love to hit the pulpit as election time with shouts of "We shall overcome."

Richardson wins a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T for his international experience, Obama's greatest weakness.

Napolitano gets it, I'm guessing, for the gender vote. Hillary's lost the gender battle with Obama's metrosexual vote block, and that she polarizes the otherwise liberal national media drops her from true contention. Napolitano gets the token female spot by virtue of her job as Arizona governor.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Barack Obama: Who Should He Pick?

Hillary Clinton?

Obama on Clinton VP Speculation - May 9, 2008
From CBS News’ Michelle Levi:

BEAVERTON, ORE. – Barack Obama spoke out about a possible Obama/Hillary Clinton ticket today, saying “she would be on anyone's short list of vice presidential candidates.”

A member of the audience in the town hall here asked him his thoughts about having Clinton as his running mate. "Were you put up by one of those reporters back there?” Obama joked. He then launched into his usual disclaimer, saying he would not speculate on his running mate until he is the nominee. “She is going to do very well in West Virginia and Kentucky,” he said. “She will win those states in all likelihood by significant margins."