dear barack obama,
We’re all curious who you’ll pick as your running mate. Both you and Sen McCain have big deficiencies with the electorate that need to be accounted for.
I feel pretty confident that Sen McCain, will end up picking Romney. After all he’s young and has got very solid economic credentials: Both weaknesses of Sen McCain.
Your biggest issue with the undecideds is likely your youth, and by virtue of that, relative inexperience. People freak out about inexperience when considering national security and foreign policy, so picking a grey-hair with good foreign policy credentials is crazy important. But there’s a chance for more. If America is going to regain her footing in a tough world, we’re going to need to stop the internal squabbling. Sadly, stopping our petty infighting is no small matter, and on it’s face, seems almost impossible. So far you’re saying all the right things and have avoided fanning the flames of partisanship. Now, I want you to take it one step further:
Pick Chuck Hagel as your running-mate.
That’s right, Chuck Hagel, R-Nebraska. He’s got the foreign policy experience and you share common ground on some issues (immigration, the war in Iraq) and differ on others (environment, abortion, etc). But Chuck Hagel gets what’s eating away at America: partisanship and the two-party system as a whole. And the fact that you disagree with Hagel on many issues is a great thing. It will mean that there will be a diverse discussion inside the White House, and the eventual policies and bills that a Obama-Hagel administration (assuming you used him as more than a token) supports, would, for once, actually mirror the positions of most Americans. Most of us, as you know, aren’t extremists on the issues. It’s just that we’ve been forced to the edges, and had to pick sides. This is a first step to stopping that BS.
If we’re going to truly enact real change, we need to stop being our own worst enemy. Democrats and Republicans arguing over the stupidest stuff is infuriating. It’s like a married couple arguing about their child’s bedtime while he’s outside playing in traffic. Anyway, I’m in danger of digression, and I get that you’re busy writing notes to Scarlet.
Throw America a bone? Hagel?
Wait a minute…Hagel’s policies are also far from Senator McCain’s policies. Maybe he can choose him and that would be close to a bi-partisan ticket. Maybe I should write him a let….
P.S. Hagel! Hagel! Hagel!
5/27/13 – Palin & Biden! Ha. With hindsight, Romney would have been a good pick. While Hagel is now in the cabinet, and hated by Republicans, who knows what would have happened if we could turn back the clock.