It's too early to say, but what if the Democrats stopped pulling their party in two equal directions (1136 - 1108 delegates) like a hungry man dividing a barbeque chicken with his fists?
What if they began to cooperate?
Let the excitement of the nomination race play out, of course, and squeeze it for all the media attention that can be had. But then, at a turning point in the next few months, --April Fool's Day?-- why not strike a deal and enter the election with a unified party capable of defeating the Republican front-runner, Mr. McCain? (A good man by all accounts and a wonderful default candidate if the Democrats are -as sometimes happens-- too wounded to organize a winning race).
Is this a recipe for having your cake and eating it too?
Imagine a presidency in which the Commander-in-Chief deliberately resigned from office in the third year. The Vice President would then become the incumbent President, a very difficult force for American voters to resist.
What if, in the sixth or seventh year of a successful presidency, the incumbent resigned in favor of the Vice President. In one presidency, America could have two 'firsts,' and a 12 year wall of democratic leadership.
What a legacy. What history.
Imagine two Presidents' faces -a white woman and a black man-- on the back of a large denomination bill. Tough guy movies would never be the same: 'it'll cost ya' two-presidents...'
This would take 20-20 vision and a bit of sacrifice, but with a satisfactory, combined-agenda two dynamic leaders could commit themselves and their party to getting a hell of a lot of work done in those dozen years.
There is a hell of a lot of work to do...
1. The war has got to end. Soon, of course.
2. America's economy needs to be restored if the country is to face the incipient climate crises with its coffers full and its generous heart pumping rich, red blood for all Americans: men, women and children; black, white and brown.
3. Leadership of the world must be reclaimed. The world requires leadership and America is still the best choice among an extremely limited field of candidates. Since the big stick is not working, we need someone, once again, to teach America to walk soft.
4. At last, the moment for universal healthcare has finally come. To express the bias of someone born in the cool, blue North, Americans have the same right as Canadians to be miserably unhappy with a badly managed, poorly funded, state-run healthcare system. --I'm guessing America can't possibly do any worse, and will probably do much better since unlike Poste Canada, the U.S. Mail still works, and it doesn't take 10 weeks for an American to get a valid passport.
Such a deal would require an enormous amount of trust and patience, the kind of patience born of Presidential ambitions, the kind that waits eight long years measuring each gesture, weighing each opportunity, collecting promises, establishing links, firing unsuccessful campaign managers...
Obama turns 47 in August and Hillary will be 61 come October. Both of them easily have 12 years left. Both of them will see 2020. Why not let the remaining uncommitted delegates decide who should go first, and then cooperate to achieve the meaningful changes we need in what will soon become our children's century?
--Okay now, chicken anyone?