Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Unity in 2008?

Our two major newspapers in the Seattle area come together on Sundays to produce one jumbo Sunday paper. In it, they include the opinion sections from both papers. They don't usually have a lot of overlap because there are so many things to have opinions on. But this past Sunday each of them had a piece about Unity08.

I don't know if you've heard about this or not, but from what I gather it's basically some people who actually have a good amount of knowledge and experience in politics and who are both Democrats and Republicans who are coming together to try to put together a ticket for the White House in 2008 with one Democrat and one Republican running together.

Now I am all for unity and as tired as anyone of the extreme partisanship in today's political world, but does anyone really think this will work? Here are the problems I see with it:
1) You can't get a big enough candidate to jump from their own party to make this reasonable.
2) Even if you could, you wouldn't be able to get a candidate big enough from the other party to also come on board so it didn't feel like it was just a junior version of the one party anyways.
3) You'll never have enough money to effectively campaign, because the big donors will still give to the big two parties.

What do you think? Could this work? Is it even worth trying? Is this Expat's only hope of getting to vote for Richardson without having to write him in? Let us know.