Saturday, May 31, 2008

The Anticipated Republican "Southwestern Strategy" Is Beginning to Emerge: Will We Allow Them to Divide The Nation Yet Again?


We've been asking the corollary question for a long time as well: If the Republicans redeploy their notorious "Southern Strategy" in the Southwest this year, using "Immigration Reform" as their superficially innocuous hate-trigger, which candidate is best suited to feed it back to them with a dash of salsa and Tejano band just to see if they can dance to their own global music?

Then, low and behold! Look what jumped into the progressive blogosphere this morning dressed in the multi-colors of hope and change?

By Chris Kelly; 05-30-08
Huffington Post

Barack Obama's Vice President Will Be...

Just the other day (okay, a month and a half ago) I was having an off-the-record conversation with an extremely influential leader of the netroots community. How influential? Let me put it this way: Without him, there would be no Ned Lamont. [Links are by BaileyWo, your editor, and not by Chris Kelly, who only hinted at his source.]
Given that triumph, we naturally wanted to know whom he thought Barack Obama should choose as vice president. I thought Bill Bradley would be a pretty good choice, and still do. Other people at our table believed that Obama needed to reach out to some Democratic elder statesmen or military man, both of which made sense to me. But my netroots friend looked at us like we were crazy. Obviously, there was only one man for the job. One electrifying figure who would capture the imagination of a generation of new voters, kick over the electoral map like a board game at an anger management retreat, and turn the 21st century on its ear, whatever that means. That man is:

Bill Richardson.

Now, I'm probably not the right person to assess Bill Richardson as a game changer, because I always get him mixed up with Sandy Berger. Also, I thought Netroots might be having us on. So I let it go.

(I've also heard that Bill Richardson is a scandal waiting to happen, since he's a sex machine with all the chicks. But, again, I might be thinking of Berger.)

Anyway, I've been asking around, and here's the general thinking on what Obama needs in a Vice President:

A Military Background
So Obama doesn't get totally marginalized when we start bombing Iran in October.

Conservative
To balance his wife, Angela Davis.

Southern
So he can compete for the hardworking racists of Hillary's Appalachia.

Hispanic
Because there's nothing wrong with pandering identity politics when nice people do it.

A Woman
See above -- "Hispanic"

Older than Time Itself
Because Barack Obama is only five years old.

Jim Webb gets you "military" and "conservative." And "loose cannon," if we want to go toe-to-toe with McCain for the crazy bully vote. But he's not old enough.

Sam Nunn? I guess he's old. And he is a creep. There's that. But why would he do it? He's already been President in his head.

Bill Richardson is Hispanic, and held many, many, many jobs in the Clinton administration, none of which immediately come to mind.

Wesley Clark? I like Wesley Clark, but he's attached to Hillary Clinton like visible panty lines.

Kathleen Sebelius? There's no such thing as Kathleen Sebelius. I checked.

I know it sounds hopeless, but it's not. Obama just needs a running mate who's old, Hispanic, southern, female and enjoys state-sponsored violence, especially war.

Two words:

Eva. Peron.

I know what you're going to say: Eva Peron can't be vice president -- she was born in Argentina. Relax. McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone. It won't be an issue.

And now you're going to say: "But Chris, isn't Eva Paron a waxy corpse, borne crazily from place to place by its fanatical followers?" Again, we'll be running against McCain. Read more at HuffingPost.com


[BaileyWo]: I can't say how excited I am by this pundidential suggestion coming from Chris Kelley and his friends. And if it's just idle speculation going on in the progressive blogosphere, let's make it a reality. Evita Peron would make a great occupant of the vice-presidential compound under the Naval Observatory that serves as the "East Wing Bunker" for running the Shadow Government. But before moving her in (or Cheney out) they should make sure to install the needed cryogenics equipment and hire a couple of necromancers with Ouija Boards just in case Cheney absconds to Uruguay and we need to contact him for the smooth transition of "unitary presidential power," or in case Hillary is not around to channel Eleanor, who could then send us the latest from Evita.



Just in case Evita doesn't work out there's always....



In addition, I've added a Bill Richardson Quotes application to, yours truly, BaileyWo's Facebook Profile.
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