Far Too Early

20 May

Here’s some reasons why it’s far too early for considering a White House ticket now:

1. Bloomberg/Hagel or Hagel/Bloomberg? Need I say more? Who cares? About all I can think of is of abolishing the office of the Vice-President. The line used to be: I’m thinking of forming an exploratory committee. Now, it’s a third-party nomination.

2. about…well, I don’t know.

"We see . . . a media culture that sensationalizes the trivial and trivializes the profound, in a 24-hour news network bonanza that never fails to keep us posted on how many days Paris Hilton will spend in jail but often fails to update us on the continuing genocide in Darfur or the recovery effort in New Orleans or the poverty that plagues too many American streets," he said.

The senator from Illinois urged the graduates to rise above a culture that "too often tells us our principal goal in life is to be rich, thin, young, famous, safe and entertained, a culture where those in power too often encourage these selfish impulses."

Building his message on the themes of empathy for others, taking risks and persevering, Obama said much rides on whether the young generation rises to the challenges facing the country and the world, including fixing a broken health-care system, combating global climate change, stopping genocide in Darfur and restoring the U.S. image abroad.

3. .

Wednesday’s vote was purely for show, but it could resonate. All four Democratic senators seeking the nomination are on record supporting a withdrawal strategy that remains controversial, even within their own party. Two Democrats regarded as experts on military matters, Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl M. Levin (Mich.) and Sen. Jack Reed (R.I.), voted against the Feingold-Dodd proposal, along with 17 other Democrats. "It sends the wrong message to the troops," Levin said.

Clinton, Obama and Biden all played down the vote by stressing its symbolic nature — it was an amendment to an unrelated water bill, and procedural at that — a response that helped underscore Dodd’s newfound fervency. Obama noted that he still preferred his own proposal, a more flexible March 31, withdrawal goal. Clinton told reporters she was not sure she would back a funding deadline in the future — and then hours later offered her unequivocal endorsement.

4. It’s definitely .

The Republican National Committee has threatened to take away half the state’s delegates if the primary is before Feb. 5. The Democratic National Committee said the state would lose half of its delegates and all its superdelegates. The DNC said a candidate who campaigns in Florida for a primary earlier than Feb. 5 will be ineligible for receiving any of its delegates.

But Greer sees the nominating convention, set for September 2008 in Minneapolis, as a procedural matter and thinks Florida’s loss of delegates won’t diminish its influence.

"The convention is a big party," Greer said. "We’re going to be there, and we’re going to be there in force, but as far as voting delegates, we’re going to be cut in half on the floor."

This guy should be impeached.

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