When you survey the current field of Republican and Democratic candidates for the 2008 Presidential nomination, you are hard pressed to see any who are sophisticated, experienced, and persuasive enough to make you sleep well at night knowing they have their hand on the trigger. I would like to propose two addition candidates and suggest they step forward when after Super Tuesday in February, there will be no clearer picture of a satisfactory candidate.
I propose that Robert Gates, currently Secretary of Defense, seek the Republican nomination, and Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City, seek the Democratic nomination.
We should judge their qualifications on four criteria
- Balanced approach to Government, not too progressive, not to libertarian.
- Cautiousness in committing the US in foreign policy.
- The absence of pandering to any special interest or the public in general.
- The strength to keep church and state totally separate.
Both men have proven themselves already. Gates has a long record of service to his country and is viewed a cautious, careful, and yet decisive leader. Bloomberg has an outstanding record in private life as a CEO and now as Mayor of New York City. Both men should be able to draw excellent people to fill their Administration positions. Both men should be sound executives at the top of the US Government.
Why not one of the current candidates? Queen Hillary is certainly capable but what she will actually do is unclear and, most likely, what will get her a second term and fill the coffers of her retirement treasury. Barack is simply untested in the world of no correct answer. He seems honest and trust worthy but he will be even better in 4-8 years. Edwards is a former trial lawyer and I need say no more.
Rudy has more skeletons in the closet that Hilton has closets. Mitt is not the peoples’ President, he will be Mitt’s President. Fred will sleep through the primaries and might miss his own inaugeration if by chance he was elected. McCain has made foolish decisions in the past to back President Bush, Jerry Fallwell, and Pat Roberson. Need I say more.
I like the possibility of a Gates versus Bloomberg contest because all American people can vote as they wish and I will feel comfortable that neither candidate will bring us another Terri Schaivo, Abu Ghraib, Katrina, Iraq War, Abstinence against AIDS, or “tell me more about Intelligent Design”. Both of these men represent the highest standards and would make a worthy President.