Tuesday, January 29, 2008

That’s the Ticket

Politics has always been known for its improbable unions and combinations of people who are seemingly incapable of being in the same room without coming to blows. These liaisons are commonly known by the phrase “Strange Bedfellows.” And it is certainly not a new one as it appears in Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” written in the early 17th century.
But Willie had nothing on American politics. These days you cannot get anything done unless you agree to sleep with the enemy. The idealism of Frank Capra’s “Mr. Smith goes to Washington” does not exist in reality. In order to get your message heard you need money and backers. These people or organizations must spread your word and get out the vote. And in return for their help you will probably have to change your position to suit their desires.
Expediency rules and in order to stop some in-fighting a Presidential front runner might offer to have one of his competitors run on the ticket as the Vice Presidential candidate. John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson did not get along at all and yet together they made a winning pair.
We may have a similar scenario playing out now on the ‘donkey’ side of the aisle this year as the two leading candidates for the Democratic nomination are at each other’s throats even though their opinions are similar. And theirs is no tempest in a teapot as it is the lead story on many a news program especially the fake ones such as Fox.
The voters might enjoy a ticket comprised of the young Kennedy-backed Obama and the self-assured worldly former first lady Clinton but there are hurdles to overcome before this could be a reality.
Most importantly egos may get in the way. I do not see Senator Clinton allowing herself to be the running mate but if she does not hold the lead going into the convention this could be her only choice. If she comes out of Super Tuesday in the lead Obama may decide to bite the bullet and join forces.
So I hereby request that the two Senators start seriously thinking about a Clinton-Obama ticket and when they do the slogan is ready-made and it’s a winner. A few bucks in royalties and the Fab-Two of the Democratic party will win the White House.
EBONY AND IVORY, ARE THE CANDIDATES FOR YOU & ME.
HELP THEM LEAD US BACK WHERE WE SHOULD BE
AND TOGETHER WE'LL LIVE IN HARMONY, again.

1 comment:

mug guy said...

Ken Cohen writes that he would not mind voting for a ticket with Obama on it as long as he could figure out what Obama really stood for. All he is good at is preaching and platitudes.