Sipping a cup of Boca Java's Light Up Las Olas blend, I couldn't help but ponder the building field for the 2008 presidential election this morning. How long will some of these potential nominees last, on both sides of the aisle?
Hillary Clinton, hoping to officially sit on the sidelines and let the others slug it out for a while, was forced into the ring after the formal announcement of John Edwards and then the announcement of Barack Obama's exploratory committee forming last week while she was touring Iraq. Interesting, no? The word was that several of Clinton's earlier supporters have jumped ship and gone over to Obama, including Hollywood big shots and George Soros, too. It doesn't really matter. Clinton has enough money for now that she doesn't have to worry.
Clinton's fingerprints were all over the yammering about the early schooling of Obama in a muslim school while he lived in Indonesia. The term 'radical muslim' was used in describing the school and that he was a student there for 4 years. That exposure teamed up with the fact that his middle name is Hussein proved too juicy to be ignored by the chattering class. Just as Clinton knew would happen. She has played hardball since her days in Arkansas and all I can say is Obama better watch his kneecaps.
I find the announcements of entering the race via webpages a sign of the times. Remember when all announcements were done with much fanfare, lots of beaming supporters and placards swaying in the background? Now, in the case of Clinton, it's the soft lighting and the couch, inviting you to 'chat' and let her know what is on your mind. How very Oprah.
Bill Richardson, Governor of New Mexico, just may give them a run for the money. He is very experienced and is a capable uniter among quarrelling factions in both parties. And the bonus is that he has Hispanic blood to claim. He is a calm voice.
Hillary is shrill and her voice is one of monotones and scornful looks. She lectures. She sorely lacks Bill's personality so she will be counseled to not be on the stage with him too much. The comparison is not favorable to her. He'll be her biggest asset on the campaign trail and he'll love the center of the attention once again. She would be no where without him.
What I find so interesting is that Hillary prides herself the solid feminist, making her own way in the world. She was surrounded by children yesterday during her first public speech after the warm and cozy website announcement. Same with Nancy Pelosi, touting herself as first woman Speaker of the House, surrounding herself with grandchildren. She's just a mom and grandmom, we're told. I don't get it. What are they trying to prove with all this 'it's for the children' nonsense? Does it mean a woman must prove she is still motherly if she rises in power?
Sam Brownback from Kansas has entered the race. I don't think he has a chance, at least I hope not. I'm not impressed and I hope Republicans can finally start breaking away from the religious litmus tests. I think the far right has gone too far over and it makes me uncomfortable. I don't think it's good for the country any more than I think it is right that the Democrat candidates feel compelled to campaign in black churches. Separation of church and state. I think it is high time the churches allowing campaigning from the pulpit be denied tax-exempt status.
John Edwards was campaigning from the pulpit of Riverside Church in Harlem last week. Let's start with that church's tax exemptions.