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Tuesday, July 06, 2004

Kerry/Edwards 

First of all, I would like to shout a big "F You!" out to the New York Post for getting me all worked up about an easily beatable Kerry/Gephart ticket. Secondly, I would like to congratulate John Kerry on making a much better choice with John Edwards.

Honestly, I cannot help but like Edwards. He seems so much more civil than most of the other Democratic challengers, and I admit that I voted for him in the Virginia Primaries (Lieberman already conceded). Admittedly, I agree with very few of his policies. Edwards is an anti-NAFTA protectionist, and voted against the money to support our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. Unlike his new boss, he didn't even vote for it before he voted against it. Edwards also likes to play the class warfare card, speaking of "two Americas, one for the priviliged and one for everyone else."

On the other hand, he doesn't encourage the wacko conspiracy theories against the current administration. That alone proves he is more civil than 98% of the Democrats. Hopefully, this also offers hope that Edwards will be the Democratic nominee in 2008, not Hillary.

So why is Edwards a better choice than Gephart? I would say his biggest qualification is that Edwards will be perceived as the anti-Cheney. Friendly and young looking, as opposed to the sneering Ogre that supposedly gives Bush his marching orders. I imagine that the Vice Presidential debates this year will resemble the Kennedy-Nixon debates. Cheney will win the arguments hands down, but Edwards will be the perceived winner.

Which brings me to my next point. Why is Bush hanging onto Cheney? Why does the Bush family insist on holding onto vice presidents that erode their support? Cheney won't deliver any electoral votes to the ticket. If Bush replaced Cheney with Rudy Giuliani, for example, he would easily take New York and probably New Jersey. Democrats need two states to win any presidential election: New York (31 electoral votes) and California (55 electoral votes). Both states are achievable for Republicans for the first time in my lifetime. 9/11 has made New York very conscious of national security, and putting the world's most admired New Yorker on the Bush ticket may seal the deal.

California's recall of Liberal Gray Davis for Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger (and his fantastic successes he's had governing so far), combined with Reagan's passing has made California ripe for the picking as well. Schwarzenegger is ineligible for the vice presidency since he is not a natural born citizen. However, Tom McClintoch, who put up a decent race for the Republican nomination in the California recall, might make an interesting addition.

Or perhaps Bush could sign up John McCain as a reach-out toward moderate Republicans and those Democrats who have convinced themselves they love McCain in the last 4 years. That would be the best Prez/VP match since JFK/LBJ, and we all know how THAT turned out.


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