Return of “The Decider” Stuns Washington; GOP Presidential Debates Thrown Into Chaos
By Michael K. Smith
Special to Legalienate
Bush Pick Hailed as "Pragmatic Master Stroke"
Outraged Biden Joins Tea Party, Threatens To Sue
Obama Lauds Bush Vow To “Follow the Cheney Tradition” as VP
Washington, January 27 - Barack Obama today named George W. Bush of Crawford, Texas as his running mate, the first ex-president selected to run for Vice President on a major party ticket. The president announced his historic step before an ebullient crowd of Blackwater mercenaries on the White House lawn. ''There's an electricity in the air, an excitement, a sense of new possibilities and of pride,'' Obama told a section of cheering snipers moments after disclosing the stunning development.
Calling for an end to partisan bitterness, Obama introduced Bush as “an exciting choice” and “clearly the best” for healing a divided nation. Bush thanked the president for continuing the family dynasty, and offered to formally adopt him into the Bush clan if he thought it would “help carry the South.”
Obama said the decision to choose the former president was a ''difficult'' one, but explained: ''GW has excelled in being bailed out, and this country certainly needs more of that!” He added that GW’s political return was ''really the fulfillment of a classic American tradition: to fail continually at everything and emerge triumphant anyway.''
Harvard Lawyer Obama Cites Constitution
''History speaks to us today,'' Obama told the Blackwater throng. ''Our founders said in the Constitution, 'We the people' - not just the identity politics focus groups, but all of us.''
''Our message,'' the president went on, ''is that America is a country of diversity where the spirit of conciliation overcomes all philosophical differences. As President Bush has said many times: ‘ politics stops at the water’s edge.’”
Bush, who was anointed president in 2000, has received the endorsements for the Vice Presidency of numerous Democratic Party organizations, including, On Our Knees, Inertia Unlimited, and Strength Through Servility.
Increase in Pragmatic Energy Seen
''He loves Israel, he's charismatic, he believes in God,'' enthused one adviser to Obama. ''We have broken the barrier. He will energize, not just southerners, but a lot of Republicans, which will make the Democratic Party more inclusive.''
Another adviser to Obama said that although Bush had engendered “unfortunate” bad publicity around foreign policy issues, he nevertheless would bring “new chemistry, new passion, and new understanding” to the ticket, especially of an often overlooked minority group: the rich. “People never seem to realize that as wealth concentrates in fewer and fewer hands, the wealthy become a smaller and smaller minority group,” said Obama campaign manager Marshall Cash.
In the last three weeks Obama interviewed seven prospective candidates and made it plain that he was seriously considering a break in precedent and selecting a candidate who “reflects our values,” rather than just another identity politics token.
Ranking aides to Obama indicated last week that Bush had outdistanced Biden in his personal interview with Obama, as well as in his press comments afterward. Some aides said Biden had proved somewhat disappointing, a comment that angered the outgoing vice-president, who is threatening to sue.
Factors in Choice Listed
What apparently swayed Obama, Democratic officials said, was Bush's experience in ramming through deeply unpopular policies, his considerable support among Blue Dog Democrats, and perhaps most important, his appeal to blue-collar superpatriots, coupled with his traditional “tough love” views, which seem to coincide with the president's.
Bush had emerged in recent weeks as the strong favorite among pragmatic liberals, typified by the vastly influential NAACR, the National Association for the Advancement of Crackpot Realism. But Democratic advisers to Obama said the decision in favor of Bush was based heavily on the notion that his political strength would enhance Obama’s support among the super-rich and religious fanatics. “They vote,” explained Obama at the announcement ceremony.
At the conclusion of the day's historic event, Obama and Bush clasped hands high overhead in the classic victory stance and called for world peace through the obliteration of Iran.