I’ve heard some women say that they won’t vote for anyone, or will vote Republican, if Barak Obama wins the Democratic nomination. And I’ve heard some African-Americans say they’ll do the same thing if Hilary Clinton wins the nomination.
And I’ve heard John Edwards supporters say the same thing if either Barak or Hilary gets the nomination.
On Air America this morning, there were even some calls from some supporters of Edwards and/or Obama, trying to make the case that the primary election in New Hampshire was “stolen” through the use of election machine manipulation.
Now, I’ll be the first to admit a belief in the manipulation of electronic voting machine data, and believe only machines that also leave a paper trail that corresponds to each individual voters vote can be trusted.
ANY DEMOCRAT WILL DO MORE TO REVERSE THE DOWNWARD SLIDE OF THIS COUNTRY AND EVERYTHING IT STANDS FOR THAT BUSH JUNIOR AND CHENEY AND THEIR GANG CAUSED THAN ANY REPUBLICAN WILL.
There isn’t that much difference between the policy statements of the top three Democratic contenders, and certainly nowhere near as much difference as there is between any one of them and their possible Republican opponents in the general election.
So if anyone truly believes in what Edwards or Obama or Clinton stand for, then they will truly support whichever Democrat wins the nomination.
Here’s an idea for the best way to make use of the three Democratic leading contenders:
If Obama or Hilary wins the nomination, they should ask Jim Webb to be the vice presidential nominee. (He’s the Virginia Senator who gave that great response to junior’s 2005 State of the union address and unfortunately the Democrats have not made good use of, he’s a decorated veteran whose son is on active duty in Iraq.)
Then, if Obama wins the presidency, Hilary should become the majority whip in the Senate and John Edwards named Attorney General. If Hilary wins the nomination and presidency, she should also name Edwards Attorney General and Obama Secretary of State.
If Edwards wins the nomination and presidency, he should name Hilary Attorney General and Obama Secretary of State, and his running mate should be Bill Richardson.
If any of the Republicans win the presidency, all electronic and mechanical election returns should be contested, and the recent “voter I. D.” laws in some states (created and encouraged by the Bush administration to cope with “voter fraud” of which there were almost no cases proven in the past few decades—that’s why some of the Bush appointed Republican Federal prosecutors lost their jobs under Gonzales, because they refused to prosecute “vote fraud” cases wherever Democratic candidates happen to have a majority) should be exposed as the same kind of devices as “the poll tax” and other more old-fashioned systems of preventing poor and less educated African-Americans and whites from voting, and overturned.