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I Guess This Means No More Calls from Bill Clinton

Ok, can we move on from politics now?

Finally some good news for the Democrats, and they didn't even have to put up a candidate who knew the drinking age in NJ. Before we move on to Baristanet's brand of total inanity though, did anyone catch Barack Obama on the Daily Show the other night?* Smart, handsome, funny -- laser sharp. Are we ready for a black President? In fact, may we suggest that the Democrats vet all their candidates on the Daily Show before nominating one?

*As captured by Newsday:

Before the discussion could be weighed down with specifics about a controversial plan to withdrawal troops from Iraq, Stewart turned to a lighter topic: Obama's celebrity.

"It is true, I worry about the hype," Obama told Stewart. "The only person more over-hyped than me is you."

Stewart collapsed onto his desk with laughter as the cameras rolled.

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"Are we ready for a black President?"

Well, you'll get responses to this one.

We're ready for a good president who cares about the people of America...

I'm ready (and I think Montclair's ready) if that candidate is black. In fact, I don't care if that person is black, white, democrat, republican...as long as they care about the right things and can work their way through the crap of Washington without selling their soul.

But...unfortunately...I don't think America is ready for a black president, nor a woman.

I've told my three sons, who are as white and male as I am, that I pray we will have a black or female president during my lifetime...but it might not happen (I'm only 47, so there's hope!), so they have to do their part!

Won't it be great when it doesn't matter if their male/female; black/white...?

(BTW, if we never saw a photo of Justice Thomas, and only knew his ideology and voting record, would we know he was of color?)

Posted by: Bruce Maguire | Nov 9, 2005 10:14:51 AM

Corzine didn't know the drinking age in NJ? Is he originally from Glen Ridge?

Posted by: JoeM | Nov 9, 2005 10:22:01 AM


Well said!

Am I read for a black president? Not if it's Condoleeza Rice.

I just heard on NPR that the black vote pretty much split between Republicans and Democrats. I think it would really depend on the candidate more than the race.

I think a conservative woman candidate could win if the Republicans let her run.

Posted by: fyi | Nov 9, 2005 10:34:58 AM

Yes, we're ready for a president who is smart, funny, laser sharp. Caring would help. Handsome doesn't matter; race shouldn't matter, nor should gender. (I thought that Clinton was only a haircut, but he turned out to be an intelligent, creative leader. And then he threw away all the capital he had earned, with his reckless personal behavior.)

On race as a factor in a presidential election: too often we speak wistfully with respect to our desire for colorblindness in this country. It is still the dream, not yet a reality. And while we dream, we must deal with the reality. A presidential candidate of color will be forced to talk about race relations in our nation, and it may be just what we need to move the discussion forward, to face the biogtry that still exists in all corners of our society.

Barack Obama does look like a terrific candidate to me.

Posted by: Lady D | Nov 9, 2005 1:42:32 PM

Barack Obama is an interesting candidate. I hope his political star keeps growing. Let's see what he can do.

I wonder if there are any women on the political stage who have the same ability to unite us? I am so tired of the divisive politics -- the us versus them mentality. Aren't we all Americans, after all?

Posted by: daniella | Nov 9, 2005 2:01:31 PM

>>I wonder if there are any women on the political stage who have the same ability to unite us? I am so tired of the divisive politics -- the us versus them mentality. Aren't we all Americans, after all?<<

i agree! i am so tired of partisan politics. people are forced into untenable positions because of broad, rigid platforms. i'm not sure what the solution is but i would like to see this ferocious polarization of the voters ended. surely we have enough comon ground on which to craft policies which benefit everyone, regardless of party.

Posted by: fran | Nov 9, 2005 8:15:03 PM

there are woman -intersting and smart but do they have an unlimited reserve of cash needed or the strength to be able to deal with a smear--and would the Public be as tolerant with their personal mistakes and deal only with the "issues" ---

Posted by: cstarling | Nov 9, 2005 8:56:52 PM

Bruce: (BTW, if we never saw a photo of Justice Thomas, and only knew his ideology and voting record, would we know he was of color?)

WHAT? I'm sure this is just a stupid sentence. You certainly don't mean that folks "of color" (whatever that means...) have a single ideology and voting record, right?

Does that make Breyer/Ginsberg "of Color??" Sounds dumb.........

But again, I'm sure that's not what you meant. You mean isn't it great that we can't discern Thomas' race by his votes, right?

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