Thursday, April 3, 2008
ORGANIZED POLITICAL PARTY
Someone once said, “I don’t belong to an organized political party; I’m a Democrat.” Lately the party has been living up to its reputation for disorganization. Bill Clinton tried to raise doubts about Barack Obama’s patriotism, while Hillary Clinton questioned his experience. Then James Carville compared New Mexico governor, Democrat Bill Richardson to Judas. This was because Richardson, who had served in the Bill Clinton administration, endorsed Obama. While all this dog fighting is going on, top Democrats, like Vermont senator Patrick Leahy, are calling Hillary to step down before the Democratic candidates expose their opponents’ vulnerabilities for the Republicans to exploit in the fall election.
On the surface it seems as though Obama and Clinton are not very far apart in the race. He has between 100 and 200 more delegates than she has, not enough to clinch the nomination. It looks as though the fight will go on right into the convention, with the two candidates picking away at each other, making it easier McCain to pull ahead of them.
There is a solution to this problem. With the two major candidates locking horns, the convention can choose a compromise candidate, like Dr. Carl Perrin. Perrin has stopped active campaigning, but he has not withdrawn from the race. If elected, Hillary would be the first woman president, and Barack would be the first African-American. If Perrin is elected, he will be 78 at election time. He would be the first real geezer to win that office. Once Perrin’s name gets out, all kinds of constituencies would flock to the polls to vote for him. He grew up on a farm, he worked in a factory, he belonged to a union, he is a veteran, he taught English for a half a century. The geezers would have no problem choosing between him and John McCain. For those voters, McCain has just barely reached the age of geezerdom.