Perhaps you’ve heard of the Chinese curse/blessing “May you live in interesting times…”
This post falls under the category of Things My Dad Would Never Have Dreamed Would Happen. Castro’s on his deathbed. The Chinese have nuclear weapons and are showing off their military might by blowing up their own satellites, AND…Today, Sen. Hilary Clinton announced she ripe for a run for the Presidency in 2008. Ingenue Sen. Barack Hussein Obama, an African-American, has all but tossed his hat into the ring. We’ll know officially on Feb. 10. John Edwards, the white, family man from South Carolina, and John Kerry’s running mate in the last presidential election, was the first to announce he’d take a shot at the Democratic Party endorsement.
With these three vying for the party nod, this is one primary that could reveal the real mindset and predjudices of the American public. The FIRST female candidate versus the FIRST non-caucasian candidate vs the TRADITIONAL white, southern family man that this nation has almost always elected as its leader.
This is going to prove entertaining in ways that will change politics forever. This is a race that will play out before us on national TV, and I have a fond feeling, will further divide, rather than unite, us. The division has already begun in the form of political muckracking and story cultivation–someone, reportedly from the Clinton Camp, dropped a line to Insight Magazine that Obama, whose mother is from Kansas and father a Kenyan Muslim, was schooled by Muslim extremists in Indonesia. Obama, who claims to be a practicing Christian, admits this is in his past.
A story in yesterday’s Washington Post accused John Edwards of some sort of “shady land deal.” Other online news tells of accusations of ethics breeches while selling his Jeep Cherokee.
The GOP is probably wise to lean against the gymnasium wall and let this drama play out on the dance floor before Republican candidates announce that they, too, want a shot at the White House. I’m not sure whether the Republicans can make this race any more interesting. All eyes may be on the Democratic primary. Let’s study the campaign rhetoric. Obama and Edwards already have official campaign websites. Clinton will soon follow, I am sure. Take a look–I’ll blog about that later.