A bucket of warm what?

Friday, March 28, 2008

Here's a bit of ramblings to wrangle your reading.

Remember the line about the vice presidency not being worth a bucket of warm spit?

It's from John Nance Garner, who was FDR's vice president -- twice.

Garner's observation comes to mind as the GOP has a presumptive nominee for president and the Dems are still slugging it out.

Meanwhile, the pundits repeat the dream ticket idea for the Dems without a solution on who should lead the ticket.

Now, before Hillary and Obama blow it, and you know they're perfectly capable, chew on this idea.

They must agree to stop the squabble and publicly flip a coin. The winner tops the ticket. The loser becomes the running mate.

It must be done in public because the second part of the deal is that if they're elected, the president agrees to become the running mate four years later so the vice president has a chance to step up. If they win, four years later they can swap again and, well you get the idea.

Both have substantially the same platform. If they continue their debate as running mates the dialog will improve the product.

The promise to swap elevates the vice presidency to something more than Plan B if POTUS (President of the U.S.) dies. The incumbent will be able to step away from the day-to-day fray, take a broader view and deal with whatever maladies have encircled the White House.

Suppose Bill Clinton had agreed to step aside 11-12 years ago to deal with Monica-gate? Would an Al Gore presidency have been so bad in the late '90s? Wouldn't it have been better than having a distracted president while terrorism festered?

Consider three other questions. How long was FDR president? Didn't it take a while to deal with a depression and a war? Don't we face those problems now?

Before moving to Tennessee, I worked as a telephone interviewer for one of the boiler rooms contracted by a pollster hired by the Carter campaign. The political questionnaire took 5-10 minutes. It was obvious half-way through that Jimmy was a goner. No need to crunch those numbers.

McCain faces the same fate because of Dubya's fixation on Persia's side of the Mid-East. Carter also faced problems in the region.

That part of the world is a tar-baby and most folks around here have seen "Song of the South," so they know about tar-babies. Many of us can sing a few bars of the best known song from the show; "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah."

Maybe a community theater could reprise the show and get folks ready for the Ol' South Experience theme park and development that's been proposed on a cattle farm that straddles the Marshall-Maury county line.

That's worth a whole lot more than a cup of spit even if you do chew.