Author Topic: If you would...  (Read 544 times)

Offline reasonist (OP)

If you would...
« on: March 14, 2017, 10:26:20 AM »
have the power to nominate one person for President of the United States, who would it be? He/she must be alive and born in the US. Otherwise you have free range.
With more time on my hands, I shall make a list with everybody's name; let's see if one name comes up more than once.
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Offline Cavebear

Re: If you would...
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2017, 10:38:40 AM »
have the power to nominate one person for President of the United States, who would it be? He/she must be alive and born in the US. Otherwise you have free range.
With more time on my hands, I shall make a list with everybody's name; let's see if one name comes up more than once.

Well, Me.  Hey, I get to vote for myself.  But then let's say Obama, Gore, Clinton (take your pick) and Charles Schumer...  I might take a flyer on Rand Paul.
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Offline reasonist (OP)

Re: If you would...
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2017, 10:44:32 AM »
Well, Me.  Hey, I get to vote for myself.  But then let's say Obama, Gore, Clinton (take your pick) and Charles Schumer...  I might take a flyer on Rand Paul.
Choose ONE! Can Obama be re-elected? I don't know what the constitution has to say about that.
"If devotion to the truth is the hallmark of morality, then there is no greater, nobler, more heroic form of devotion than the act of a man who assumes the responsibility of thinking. The alleged shortcut to knowledge, which is faith, is only a short-circuit destroying the mind."
Ayn Rand

Offline Cavebear

Re: If you would...
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2017, 11:33:00 AM »
Choose ONE! Can Obama be re-elected? I don't know what the constitution has to say about that.

He can't.  But you didn't specify Constitutional restrictions.  But OK, one.  I nominate Al Gore.  And only because I'M busy.
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Offline Baruch

Re: If you would...
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2017, 12:51:41 PM »
Choose ONE! Can Obama be re-elected? I don't know what the constitution has to say about that.

Obama, the Clintons and the Bush crime family are running a "alternative facts WH" several blocks from the Trump WH right now.  Elections are no longer required, thanks for playing.  Bush Jr was Clinton III and IV.  Obama was Bush Jr III and IV.
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Offline trdsf

Re: If you would...
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2017, 10:40:58 AM »
Ooo, hm.  Hillary, of course -- she has all the necessary experience.  Marcy Kaptur, one of the great pragmatic progressives in the House comes to mind, as does Al Franken, who has built a reputation as a hard worker.  Former Iowa Senator Tom Harkin would have made a good president, I think; I was a supporter of his campaign in '92.

I think the last Republican that didn't make me want to hide behind the couch was Jon Huntsman -- so of course he didn't make it much past New Hampshire when he ran in 2012.  I'm a combination of disappointed and optimistic that he's going to be Asshole's ambassador to Russia.  Huntsman had been Obama's ambassador to China, so he has diplomatic experience.  I am bothered that he's signed on to Asshole's administration, but at the same time, if I had to pick a Republican to send to Russia as ambassador who is also least likely to have been engaged in campaign and pre-inauguration illegal meetings, it would be him.  I suspect that he accepted the post thinking 'if I don't do it, what kind of psychotic will they send in my place?'

Narrowing it down to just one, though?  I can't think of anyone on the scene right now who I think would be considered a great president.  I can think of a number of people who would be good presidents.  Thinking strategically, my own senator Sherrod Brown would help bring the Midwest back into line - yet another Midwestern pragmatic progressive.  He won't have an election back home to worry about, since his re-election campaign will be in '18.  So I'll go with that for right now, reserving the possibility of changing my mind.
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Offline Sorginak

When I feel weak, I prefer to make myself stronger through introspection rather than resort to religion.

Offline Atheon

Re: If you would...
« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2017, 11:39:21 AM »
If I could appoint someone president, it would be Hillary Clinton, to piss off the Trumpeteers and the Berners. (I would also use my god-like powers for good by abolishing the Republican Party altogether.)

If I could nominate someone, though, it would be Gavin Newsom or Kamala Harris. Both from my neck of the woods. Both progressive, non-establishment Dems but don't have their heads in the clouds.
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Offline Baruch

Re: If you would...
« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2017, 12:15:16 PM »
If I could appoint someone president, it would be Hillary Clinton, to piss off the Trumpeteers and the Berners. (I would also use my god-like powers for good by abolishing the Republican Party altogether.)

If I could nominate someone, though, it would be Gavin Newsom or Kamala Harris. Both from my neck of the woods. Both progressive, non-establishment Dems but don't have their heads in the clouds.

You have to have the Clinton virus bad, to still hate Bernie.  Bernie was the most liberal guy available last year.
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Re: If you would...
« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2017, 12:41:49 PM »
Elizabeth Warren.

Offline Munch

Re: If you would...
« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2017, 12:51:46 PM »
Lex Luthor.

He's sophisticated, charming, knows how to handle money and power, and wants to help control the intake of illegal aliens.

Re: If you would...
« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2017, 12:56:10 PM »
Dwayne 'the rock' Johnson.

Offline Atheon

Re: If you would...
« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2017, 01:24:32 PM »
You have to have the Clinton virus bad, to still hate Bernie.  Bernie was the most liberal guy available last year.
He was, and I voted for him in the primaries. My peeve is the Berners who refused to vote for Clinton in the general, thereby giving us Trump. I was only for Clinton because it was down to two: Clinton or Trump.
"Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful." - Seneca

Offline Munch

Re: If you would...
« Reply #13 on: March 15, 2017, 01:49:18 PM »
Dwayne 'the rock' Johnson.

ooh now that I agree with.



or maybe even, president Cena?



that said, these guys are entertainers, and we know full well how much dirty laundry gets revealed when someone becomes a president or even a politician, so might just ruin their image.

Re: If you would...
« Reply #14 on: March 15, 2017, 02:41:22 PM »
I would pay Neil Patrick Harris to portray his character of Barney Stinson for his eight year presidential term.   
He's always impeccably suited up, he's got a guy for everything, a sharp legal mind (he invented the bro code), and he's got incredible charisma.


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