Monday, December 06, 2004

Madam President?

After a weekend watching "Project Runway", and taking a break from whacking the ol' political horse, it's time to get back to the business of the nation, riding crop in hand.

In the NY Times this weekend, an interesting story about Hillary Clinton and her propsects for capturing the Democratic nomination. Now, I'm not one to run from an engaging debate on gender theory and the article engaged the opinions of three men, all seasoned in presidential campaigns and the guts of politics.

Their advice for Ms. Clinton: Move to the middle (because she's perceived too liberal, and being a woman won't help) and "If you’re trying to be the first female president, a premium will be attached to proving yourself as thoughtful as anyone on this issue", the issue being terrorism, because as a woman she may not know Rambo-speak very well.

I think what the article should have talked about what is getting presidential candidates some new advisors. Good luck with that, Hillary.

10 Comments:

At 2:04 PM, Blogger Random said...

I, for one, live in fear of Hillary running. And it's not because I'm a women-hating, conservative or anything of the sort.

In fact, I'm a women-loving, liberal. I don't want her to run because she can't win. The electorate has slipped to the right and Hillary will be perceived as an East Coast liberal and, shamefully, a women.

I'm sorry to say it, but it's a no win scenario for the Democratic party if she runs.

Think first, act later,
Random

 
At 2:10 PM, Blogger c. perspective said...

Check out conservativeperspective.blogspot.com

Dems have to keep in mind - you have to make a red state turn blue. Sure, Hillary can win the primary - but she'll have a hell of time turning any red states blue - I'm conservative so..."Run Hillary, Run!!!"

 
At 11:31 PM, Blogger Jay said...

Hillary is a smart women but she is definately not as politically savy as her husband. So I don't see them as one of the same. And old Bill has lost a lot of his political clout since 9/11. Things are more serious now!!

 
At 5:28 AM, Blogger akathebug said...

2008 will see the dems returning to the south, sort of. New Mexico's Richardson on top of the ticket. Like Bill Clinton he's taking the most likely path to the White House, through the networking of Democratic Governors and their connections to the grassroots of the party. Dean's early surprising in the primaries where because of those connections; the net may well have helped him fundraise but long before that he needed an organization and that almost always comes out of the governors mansions. Unlike congress the gov's know how to run a state wide campaign and, atleast as important, they know how to manage a gov't.

The vp is the more interesting question i think. It's almost asuredly going to be minority and liberal. O'Bama, Landreaux, Boxer.

The dems have no other option really, moving to the right is suicidal, its playing right into the repubs hands, why chose a fake conservative when u can have the real thing.

Next time out you might as well fight on the only issue that really matters...it's time that U.S. liberals took back the power of their convictions. Liberals and liberalism built the nation.

 
At 1:49 PM, Blogger Random said...

I have to disagree. The dems have no choice but to move to the center. Notice, I did not say the "right."

The culture of the country has shifted to a more conservative vein. The Republicans have done an excellent job of labeling democrats as "tax and spend" liberals who don't have fundemental values.

My feeling is that we will be in this culture change for another 5-10 years.

Clinton won playing to the "kitchen table" issues of the center. That's the only way in this climate to win.

The reality of this situation is that liberals will have no choice to vote for a "center" candidate because their only alternative is to look at a further descent to the right.

So, my thought was that the democrats need to look at someone like Evan Byah. He's a former governor of a red state (where he was elected twice), he has Washington experience as a senator, and he has a poltical pedigree. On top of that, he has moderate positions on the issues like abortion and taxes that I feel turned the election away from Kerry.

I do have to admit that I don't know much about Richardson and will have to study him more. Although, everything I've heard is that he has been positioning himself well.

Edwards will also be a player. I do think he made a mistake by giving up his seat in the senate. I don't know how he will maintain his public identity in the next four years without the profile of that position. Although, Reagan did a good job of staying in the public spotlight after his tenure as Gov. of California. But he had a charismatic, telegenic personality.

We shall see. I don't think I'm wrong, but the democrts must make a right turn to the center.

Think first, act later,
Random

 
At 7:30 PM, Blogger bmayeux said...

As a "RepubliFemme," I would love to see a woman president.

However a friend of mine made an excellent point: While America may be able to make a societal shift to accept a female in the Oval Office, it will be far more difficult for the world to do so - especially the Middle East. If the outcome of our time in Iraq leaves anti-Western sentiments (Heaven forbid, but one must worry that it will), then a female presidency will impede national security. Unfortunate, but culture clashes do happen.

I, though, would love to see Condi on the ticket. Cheney vehemently denounced political aspirations during the debates, so its unlikely he'll run as an extension of the Bush agenda. McCain would also be a good choice, since he's pretty middle of the road.
I would definitely vote for a McCain-Rice (or Rice-McCain...) presidency.

 
At 8:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All i can say is BUSH SUCKS

 
At 6:38 PM, Blogger xosweetxpeaxo89 said...

i dont think that a woman can run this country...we cant make decisions like men can, we are too emotional, etc.

yes i am a girl
so dont say im a woman-hating guy

 
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