by Kagro X
When is an Internet-based, third party organizing effort a Very Serious Idea?
When David "Wild Man" Broder f*cking well tells you it is. That's when. You lowly moron.
Until plans for this meeting were disclosed, the most concrete public move toward any kind of independent candidacy was by Unity08, a group planning an online nominating convention to pick either an independent candidate or a ticket combining a Republican and a Democrat. The sponsors, an eclectic mix of consultants who have worked for candidates including Jimmy Carter (D) and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), have not aligned with a specific prospect.
Now, some people with high-level political and governmental credentials are moving to put muscle behind the effort.
What meeting, you ask? Why, the Big Bipartisan Serious Person's Kumbaya Love-In for America, of course.
New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, a potential independent candidate for president, has scheduled a meeting next week with a dozen leading Democrats and Republicans, who will join him in challenging the major-party contenders to spell out their plans for forming a "government of national unity" to end the gridlock in Washington.
Those who will be at the Jan. 7 session at the University of Oklahoma say that if the likely nominees of the two parties do not pledge to "go beyond tokenism" in building an administration that seeks national consensus, they will be prepared to back Bloomberg or someone else in a third-party campaign for president.
And who are the
Dirty Fucking Hippies, er, the pajama-wearing, mom's-basement-bound shut-ins, er the Vinnies in the Bronx, uh... I mean, the Very Serious People behind this masterstroke?
Conveners of the meeting include such prominent Democrats as former senators Sam Nunn (Ga.), Charles S. Robb (Va.) and David L. Boren (Okla.), and former presidential candidate Gary Hart. Republican organizers include Sen. Chuck Hagel (Neb.), former party chairman Bill Brock, former senator John Danforth (Mo.) and former New Jersey governor Christine Todd Whitman.
Others who have indicated that they plan to attend the one-day session include William S. Cohen, a former Republican senator from Maine and defense secretary in the Clinton administration; Alan Dixon, a former Democratic senator from Illinois; Bob Graham, a former Democratic senator from Florida; Jim Leach, a former Republican congressman from Iowa; Susan Eisenhower, a political consultant and granddaughter of former president Dwight D. Eisenhower; David Abshire, president of the Center for the Study of the Presidency; and Edward Perkins, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
Well, just look at that! It's "bipartisan," so you know it's just Scrumpdillyicious! You can tell it's Good for America by the fact that there are not one, but two letters there: D and R! It's automatically jam-packed with USA-ey goodness!
Lemme see now, we've got an Iraq war supporter, an Iraq war cheerleader, an Iraq war apologist, a reluctant "well, we're there now, so..." Iraq war fatalist... yep, it's "bipartisan!" Unity's on! Come 'n get it, everyone!
This is how shallow it's become. The Dean of the Washington Press Corps says this is about unity because the participants used to be both Democrats and Republicans. Nevermind that there's literally no daylight between the positions of the participants on issues of importance to voting Americans. The important thing is that the letters after their names are different, and therefore it's a "coming together" of "two sides" for the "good of America."
Thanks, fellas. Mighty white of you to think about saving me from my own ignorance. I almost voted my own preferences there for a minute!