Unity08’s Revised Mission Already Accomplished in 1997 and 2000
Unity08 is a registered corporation with the goal of nominating and electing its own presidential candidate to the White House in 2008. Its commitment to run one Republican and one Democrat for President and Vice President has been curiously revised — Republican Co-Founder Douglas L. Bailey has now said that it would be OK with him if a Unity08 presidential ticket excluded members of one party, so long as there was a member of the other party appointed to a president’s cabinet: “such as a Republican for Vice President and a Democrat who will be named Secretary of State.”
A president of one party and a cabinet member of another party? Golly gee whizzikers, but that mission has already been accomplished twice within the past decade. In 1997, Democratic President Bill Clinton brought Republican William Cohen into his cabinet as Secretary of Defense. In 2000, Republican President George W. Bush brought Democrat Norman Mineta into his cabinet as Secretary of Transportation.
Well, wowee! Didn’t the Clinton and Bush presidencies do a great job of ending partisanship? Well, actually the Bush presidency did for a time, and the results weren’t pretty.
With Bailey’s mission for Unity08 explicitly revised (and the revision explicitly restated in yesterday’s controlled “chat”), exactly what will be different about a Unity08 ticket in the White House compared to the Bush and Clinton presidencies? Here they are:
1. Instead of presidential candidates nominated by everybody who is at least 18 (and not a convicted felon, and in most states a registered party member) who wants to vote, the Unity08 presidential candidate will be nominated by everybody who is already registered to vote (and therefore at least 18, and not a convicted felon), who has regular access to a computer, an internet connection, and the ability to use both.
2. Unity08 founders and staff get invitations to the inauguration, and possibly much more. Unity08 cofounder Jerry Rafshoon openly bragged in yesterday’s “chat” about how much he was looking forward to a choice seat.