Thursday, March 04, 2004
A dream (or nightmare) ticket
Now that Senator Kerry has clenched the Democratic nomination, the question on the lips of every political pundit is: Who will Kerry choose as his running mate?
Will he go for lots of charisma (Sen. John Edwards) or no charisma (Rep. Dick Gephart)? Try to win Florida with the obsessive-compulsive Sen. Bob Graham or the Hispanic vote with Gov. Bill Richardson? Or send the Republican faithful over the edge by picking Sen. Hilary Clinton?
Meanwhile, on the Republican side, there’s growing concern that Vice-President Dick Cheney has become too much of a liability – that it’s time for him to have a “medical scare” and step aside for someone who won’t be a drag on the ticket.
Let me suggest the perfect solution for both parties – a dream (or nightmare) ticket …
After all, on many significant issues, Bush and Kerry look more like running mates than political rivals …
* Bush wanted to wage pre-emptive war in Iraq – Kerry voted to give him the authority.
* Bush wanted to curtail our liberties with the USA Patriot Act – Kerry voted for it.
* Bush wanted to expand the role of the federal government in education with the “No Child Left Behind Act” – Kerry voted for it.
* Bush strong-armed Congress into adding a massive new federal prescription drug benefit to the already bankrupt Medicare system – Kerry’s main objection was that the proposed benefit wasn’t generous enough.
* Bush has given us massive spending increases and record deficits – Kerry wants to spend even more.
A Bush/Kerry Republicrat (or Demopublican) ticket would open up the possibility of a real debate, with Bush/Kerry making the case for big, expensive, intrusive government, and the Libertarian ticket stressing the benefits of government that is small, limited, and effective.
Unlike a series of sham debates between Bush and Kerry, these would be debates worth having.
- Posted by Gary @ 6:12 PM