Monday, June 04, 2007


So I was going to make a Miss America joke here and talk about world peace...but they stole my line.

At the conclusion of the two-hour debate, the candidates were asked what their top priority would be for their first 100 days in office:

—Edwards: "travel the world" and "re-establish America's moral authority."

—Clinton: bring home U.S. troops from Iraq.

—Obama: bring home U.S. troops and push for national health care.

—New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson: upgrade U.S. schools and push a $40,000-a-year minimum wage for teachers.

—Delaware Sen. Joe Biden: end the war in Iraq and defuse tensions with Iran and North Korea.

—Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich: help "reshape the world for peace" and end all nuclear weapons.

—Former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel: Remind Congressional leaders they can end the war in Iraq now.

—Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd: "Restore constitutional rights in this country."

I mean, really. These are like third grade essays on "What I would do if I were President." At least the front runners stay within the realm of reality...sort of. A local radio host put it best this morning when he responded to Edwards by saying "You can't get off of Air Force one and give some beads to the natives and expect everyone to love you." I'd much prefer a president to be in the oval office for his first 100 days...not "traveling the world".

Also interesting to note -- many Democrat candidates can't understand the difference between "top priority" and "top priorities".

Edit: I almost forgot. Each candidate was asked what they would do with Bill Clinton, Savior of the Universe (tm) if they were elected president. Talk about a party mired in the past!