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What if no one knew who the Vice-Presidential candidate was until the convention?  I have floated this idea before, but I have come back to it again and again, like a bad girlfriend.

What if, once Kerry assumed the nominee position, everyone else continued running under the pretext that they were going to be the V.P.

You would have had Edwards focusing on NC/SC/GA.
You would have had Clark focusing on Arkansas.
You would have had Graham in Florida.
You would have had Richardson focusing on the Southwest.
You would have had Gephardt focusing on Iowa and Missouri.
You would have had Dean focusing on New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, and the remainder of New England.
You would have had Kucinich focusing on Ohio.
You would have had all these candidates out there, speaking to people, spreading the word, going on television to counteract the Republican spendfest in August.  This would be different than their merely supporting the ticket and doing events as they did, because they would be POTENTIAL VP Candidates.  So, they would get more coverage, at least by local papers.

I think this is something we should seriously consider for 2008.

Originally posted to chuckles1 on Sat May 21, 2005 at 03:49 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  good idea (none)
    I think that is a great idea. After Edwards was chosen he disapeared and frankly, I was bored to death with the ticket.
    I am in favor of doing anything to break up the snoozefest we call our national convention.

    ...get rid of that DoD "Total Information Awareness" program that's right out of George Orwell's 1984.... AL GORE, 2003

    by TeresaInPa on Sat May 21, 2005 at 03:54:45 AM PDT

    •  Could you imagine the audience (none)
      for the penultimate convention night when all the potential VP candidates walked out on stage and then...One stepped forward.

      No one should know, no leaks, no guesses, it would be like American Idol.  Republicans would tune in, regional interests would tune in (Arkansas would be rooting for their homeboy for instance), Independents would tune in, we would have an audience to deliver an incredible speech about progressive values.

      I should have put this in the post I guess.

      •  I am not sure (none)
        that I would want to have the unchosen candidates to stand on stage like losers.  But I do like the idea of the person coming from the wings as a big surprize.

        ...get rid of that DoD "Total Information Awareness" program that's right out of George Orwell's 1984.... AL GORE, 2003

        by TeresaInPa on Sat May 21, 2005 at 04:08:32 AM PDT

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  •  brilliant! (none)
    The very suspense about it would make the whole question the focis of media attention.

    It would be huge!  Bigger than reality television!  Bigger than Springer!

    And best of all, the Repugs woudln't know what to do or whom to attack.  Of course, they'd adopt the same tactic in the next election... but that wouldn't matter, because Democratic tactics are not premised upon negative swift-boat liar attacks.

    "Every man is guilty of all the good he didn't do." -Voltaire

    by Nate Roberts on Sat May 21, 2005 at 04:43:04 AM PDT

  •  The ONLY thing to think about until 08 (none)
    is enacting electoral reform!!! If we go to the polls to vote on Diebold machines with votes "counted" in cyberspace and returns "certified" by the likes of Harris and Blackwell, it will not matter one tiny little damn WHO is on the ticket or how many votes the actually get! FerChrissake, have'nt we learned ANYTHING from the last two debacles? Or do you really believe that a majority of the population, however slim, actually supported the rethugs last time around?

    Electoral reform is the first and foremost priority for us to focus on if we hope to acheive anything at all, folks. We're the majority and we know it. Getting anything done depends on restoring integrity to the elctoral process. Once we've done that, we can get some progressive politicos in office and all else will follow.

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