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Friday, March 18, 2005


General Anthony Zinni, USMC...Could This Be the Next Democratic Senator from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania? Posted by Hello
Mornings tidings to all aboard this blog. Today, I want to entertain possibilities (what our conservative brethren like to call "hypotheticals"). One possibility in particular was brought to my attention (while visting the legendary "Daily Kos" blog, http://www.dailykos.com) by a fellow liberal warrior called "Minister Alx" (http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/3/17/18339/9698). His suggestion was that progressives should begin a full-court press and reach out to retired Marine General Anthony Zinni (http://www.generalzinni.com/) as a potential candidate for the 2006 U.S. Senate (Pennsylvania), a seat now occupied by GOP stalwart Rick Santorum. In fact, Minster Alx has a blog devoted to this very cause at http://draftzinni.blogspot.com/. He has also posted an impassioned plea concerning this effort at the "Young Philly Politics" blog at http://youngphillypolitics.blogspot.com/2005/02/draft-anthony-zinni-for-us-senate.html. In short, this venture to "Draft General Zinni" is along the same lines as the historic and successful "Draft Wesley Clark" campaign of 2003-2004 (http://www.gwu.edu/~action/2004/clark.html). The "Draft Clark" campaign was spearheaded by political activist legends John Hlinko and Josh Margulies (http://www.draftwesleyclark.com/defaultold_red.htm) with the support of so many out there, including myself. This was a stunning victory for grassroots warrior-activists that can never be over-emphasized (http://www.grassroots.com/news/nrTemplate/?newsReleaseId=3016). To the point, I thought Minister Alx's suggestion of "drafting" General Zinni for a Senate run to be both sound and cogent in that the "Draft Clark" effort proved highly successful; and by the fact that General Zinni would be a great choice to run against Republican Rick Santorum for the Pennsylvania Senate seat in 2006. However, it seems as if Keystone State Democrats have all but annoited Bob Casey, Jr (Pennsylvania's State Treasuerer and son of two-term Governor of Pennsylvania Bob Casey) as their 2006 candidate, http://www.philly.com/mld/dailynews/news/local/11058110.htm (you might need to register to get access). However, even if this is the case (and although Casey has many assets that would make him a formidable candidate), Zinni is still an extremely formidable candidate in his own right, i.e., Minister Alx's pointing to General Zinni's stellar career in public service while serving in the armed forces of the United States and in foreign service circles. As you can imagine, there are many "naysayers" defiling Minister Alx's suggestions as "idiotic" and "wrong". But, hell the naysayers were telling those of us that supported Gen. Clark's entrance into the 2004 Presidential campaign the same thing, that we were "idiotic", "wrong", that "Dean had the nomination sowed up"...now, of course, that was BEFORE that beautiful day (September 17th, 2003) in Little Rock when Clark actually ENTERED the 2004 Presidential campaign (http://www.wciv.com/news/stories/0903/102784.html). Of course, Clark did not go on to secure the Democratic presidential nomination, but Clark (this warrior/political novice) went on to run an impressive campaign, win the Oklahoma primary ( http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4134601/) and, more importantly, introduce issues and topics into the national dialogue that only someone with credentials like a General Clark (national security experience, devotion to the nations security, etc.) could. Either way, as I relayed to Minister Alx yesterday, his idea deserves serious consideration; especially since, at this critical juncture in American political history, the Democratic Party must bolster itself in the eyes of the American electorate in terms of two key areas: (1) faith; we Democrats are a people of faith as well and must convey that effectively to the American people (gee whiz folks, the African-American community is the bulwark and base of the Democratic Party, and you can't tell me that they are not a people of faith...we need that community to give a "faith transfusion" and tranfuse some of that faith to the party as a whole!) and (2) our national security credentials...Democrats ARE warriors and we are deeply concerned about this country's national security posture. General Zinni, like General Clark, are right-on in both areas and these are the kinds of people the Democratic Party should be advancing as candidates for high public office. The people of this country are deeply divided (http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2005-01-18-bush-cover_x.htm) and many know that Democrats have better ideas than the Republicans (especially when it comes to the economy, http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2005-01-18-bush-cover_x.htm), but the American people want to see a Democratic Party that has both "faith and muscle" (http://jabbs.blogspot.com/2004/11/democrats-need-to-champion-their-moral.html). If we Democrats can effectively demonstrate to the electorate these qualities, there will be no stopping us in 2006 and 2008. Semper Fidelis.

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