OBAMA—NOT QUITE THERE YET

February 4, 2008

I believe that Barack Obama is a splendid candidate and would make a great President. If he is nominated, I shall vote for him.

However, I am fearful of an Obama nomination. I believe that the Republicans juggernaut would chew him up.

More important, I am very fearful that many white Americans, while they would never say so publicly, when in the privacy of their voting booth, could never bring themselves to vote for an African-American President. I say this in sorrow, but I firmly believe that, while we Americans have come a long way in racial relationships, we are not quite there yet.

After nearly eight years of the worst President in our history, I tremble at the thought of electing another Republican. Consequently, I hesitate to nominate a black Democratic candidate. I may be wrong, but I feel that it is a major risk. True, while there may be many who, while in the polling booth, would also hesitate to vote for a woman President, I believe the number of those would be more limited.

Consequently, I plan to vote for Hillary Clinton in the primary and for Obama should he get the nomination.

What about a Clinton-Obama ticket? The Vice-Presidential spot is an ideal place for the first serious African-American candidate to start. Perhaps a Clinton-Obama ticket is too much CHANGE for our electorates, but it is an intriguing idea.

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IRREVERENT HUMOR

11/30/08
Some of the smart-assed comments below go back many years. Others are more recent. All are replays of quotations from famous people, or at least people in the public eye. All are sharp, irreverent, and very clever. Readers are warned, however, that many are cruel. Parental guidance should be exercised when showing these to children 
Woody Allen: The nice thing about masturbation is that it is sex with someone you love. 
Anonymous (prayer): Oh thou most holy Mother (MARY), who first conceived without sinning, please teach us how to sin without conceiving. 
Margot Asquith (when Jean Harlow mistakenly pronounced the “t” in Margot): The “t” is silent, as in Harlow. 
Sir Thomas Beecham (to a woman cellist) : Madam, you have between your legs an instrument capable of giving pleasure to thousands — and all you can do is scratch it. 
Brendan Behan: The big difference between sex for money and sex for free is that sex for money usually costs a lot less. 
Ambrose Bierce: An Egotist is a person of low taste, more interested in himself than in me. 
Jack Benny: A Scout Troop consists of twelve little kids dressed like shmucks following a big shmuck dressed like a kid. 
Eddy Cantor: He hasn’t an enemy in the world, but all his friends hate him. 
Claudette Colbert: Why do grandparents and grandchildren get along so well? They have the same enemy – the mother. 
David Lloyd George: When they circumcised Herbert Samuel, they threw away the wrong bit. 
Bob Hope: When she started to play, Steinway came down personally and wiped his name off the piano. 
John F. Kennedy: Washington is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm. 
Alan King: You do live longer eating bran, but you spend the last 15 years in the toilet. 
Leonard L. Levinson: He’s a fine friend. He stabs you in the front. 
Frank Mankiewicz: John Connally’s conversion to the GOP raised the intellectual level of both parties. 
Groucho Marx: Remember, men, we’re fighting for this woman’s honor, which is more than she ever did. 
Eugene McCarthy: Nixon is the kind of guy who, if you were drowning 20 feet from shore, would throw you a 16 foot rope. 
P.J. O’Rourke: Republicans are the party that says government doesn’t work, and then they get elected and prove it. 
James Reston (on Ronald Regan): An authentic phony. 
Rita Rudner: I love being married. It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life. 
Mort Sahl: Jesse Jackson is a man of the cloth. Cashmere. 
George Bernard Shaw: Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it. 
James Thurber: (This play) had only one fault. It was kind of lousy. 
Harry S. Truman: I fired (General) MacArthur because he wouldn’t respect the authority of the President. I didn’t fire him because he was a dumb son of a bitch, although he was. 
Gore Vidal: A narcissist is someone better-looking than you are. 
Oscar Wilde: Some cause happiness wherever they go; some whenever they go. 
Alexander Wiley: The Jews and Arabs should settle their dispute in the true spirit of Christian charity. 
Alexander Woollcott: Prostitution, like acting, is being ruined by amateurs. #  #  #  #  #  #  #  #  #  # 

MORE ON LIKEABILITY

January 25, 2008

In a recent blog, I claimed that likeability should never be a factor in voting for a candidate.Whether you like the candidate or not is irrelevant. Does he or she substantially agree with you on what steps need to be taken by the Government to improve the lives of Americans? That should be the question that determines your vote.

Some additional recent thoughts on this subject:

I like Mike Huckabee. I like his upbeat personality. I like his sense of humor. He tells it like (he thinks) it is. His language provides a breath of fresh air. While far from perfect, as compared to the rhetoric coming from the present occupant of the White House, it is positively brilliant. Yes, I do like Huckabee.

But, should I vote for him? Do I really want a President who doesn’t believe in evolution? Do I want a President who wants us all to carry guns to protect us from our own Government? Do I want a President who, while elected to carry out the laws of the United States. has clearly stated that he intends to substitute God’s laws (as interpreted by the President)? Do I want a President who will deny my wife and daughter the freedom of choice?

Certainly not. I would have to be crazy to help elect such a candidate. I could never vote for such a person.

Still, I like Mike Huckabee and will continue to like him while I vote for someone else.

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GRATUITOUS ADVICE TO SENATOR EDWARDS

January 13, 2007

John Edwards is facing an uphill battle in South Carolina. May I offer a strong suggestion for improving his chances.

Black women constitute a substantial portion of Democratic primary voters. Address this group with the following powerful speech:

“Many in my audience today are African-American women. I know that, in this primary, you are facing a heart-wrenching decision. You are black, and you are female. You would like to take part in electing the first African-American President. You would be nice if there were a black womancandidate, but unfortunately that is not the case.] I know. I know. You are torn between two diametrically opposing votes. Hillary or Obama? Obama or Hillary? An impossibly difficult decision.

May I have the temerity to offer you a solution:

VOTE FOR JOHN EDWARDS.

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ABILITY vs. LIKEABILITY

January 13, 2008

Hillary Clinton recently faced a question about her reaction to polls indicating that large numbers of potential voters would not vote for her because they didn’t like her. She responded softly that she didn’t understand it. She claimed that she believed that she had never done anything to generate such dislike.

True or not, that was the wrong answer. The appropriate reply would have been one I gave to a California friend who had told me that she could never vote for John Kerry. She just didn’t like the man.

I cannot comprehend why likeability should be a basis for electing someone. That should be the last consideration. What is the candidate’s philosophy of governing? If elected, how would he or she end the War, rejuvenate the economy, provide health care for all, end our dependence on Saudi oil, do something about global warming?

Those are some of the critical facts we should know before voting. Whether we would enjoy him or her as a dinner companion or for sharing a beer at a bar should be totally irrelevant. That was one of the criteria for voting for George W. Bush, and look what that got us.

Voters should know that there are charming rogues. Quoting Shakespeare, “One can smile and smile and be a villain still.” Ask yourself if Al Gore, with a previous reputation for having a wooden personality, would not have made a far better President than the present White House occupant.

In the present race, three very competent and experienced candidates –Joe Biden, Chris Dodd and Bill Richardson — all dropped out because they failed to catch on. They all failed the likeability test. What a waste!

“Mr or Ms Candidate, do you share with me the same vision of steps we must take to improve our country and better our world? If not, take your smiles and your charm somewhere else. I am not voting for you.”

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