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Hmmm….

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“Former Republican Rep. Jim Leach endorsed Barack Obama’s White House bid Tuesday, and said he hopes the Illinois senator considers a former GOP ally of rival John McCain as his running mate.”

Now wouldn’t that be interesting.

My personal analysis:

Obama has been preaching about avoiding divisiveness and seeking unity since his 2004 keynote speech at the DNC.  Ideally, that’s a great thing, and I’m all for it.  Having both parties on his ticket would be revolutionary, and would seemingly build towards the afore mentioned goals.  However, I see a couple of fundamental flaws.

1.  He’s not anywhere near the middle regarding his views.  I’m not really referring to what he says, but rather how he’s voted.  At this point in the race, both sides are still pandering to their respective voter bases and will say what needs to be said to secure their relative blocks of votes, so that makes me go back to his documented voting patterns, which are hardcore liberal.  I’m fine with that, but it’s not really conducive to inspiring unity and avoiding divisiveness if you’re pairing up with a conservative.

2.  Regardless of how many warm and fuzzies Obama inspires (which, admittedly are substantial), if you are a conservative, you cannot fundamentally support Obama and his policies.  His documented stances on issues stand in direct contrast with conservative ones.  So… if you actually pick a member of the GOP, it just won’t work politically.

What’s the purpose of the VP?  To stand in for the President in a time of emergency.  I’d imagine the reason you pick a person of the same party is that if such an emergency happens, you don’t want all sorts of wacky things happening when the new person takes over, like a new political party having the presidency and therefor the support for new policies, etc.  You want someone who reinforces the former President’s policies, not rips them down.  To me, an opposing party VP would somewhat defeat the purpose.

Thoughts?  I’d love to hear some other points of view!

Written by DMN

August 13, 2008 at 12:06 am

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