2002-12-07 / Columnists

From the G-Man

Hill vs. Condi: The Great 2008 Contest
By Gary G. Toms

By Gary G. Toms

Hill vs. Condi: The Great 2008 Contest

Hey people! You all know that I have made a prediction or two in my column from time to time, and I am probably about to make my biggest yet. Hold on to something! This is going to rock your world. Depending on the outcome of the so-called war in Iraq, and the economy, Bush pretty much has a second term on "lockdown." The Demmies can say they have the best candidate going into the 2004 Presidential election, but that person is going to get stomped by Bush. So, the upcoming election will be one big bore, but that's not the prediction. Get ready...here it comes!

The REAL contest, and I dare say the biggest Presidential contest in the history of this country, will take place in 2008, when the Democratic Party will nominate Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton as their top candidate, and the Republican Party will counter by nominating Bush's powerbroker Condeleeza Rice. I don't know about you, but I get extremely excited when I think about this match-up. It would be unprecedented, to say the least, and it would provide a much-needed shot in the arm for the ailing body that we have come to know as politics.

It would be the ultimate contest. No more boring men over 50 running around with perfectly cropped hair and suits. No more stuffiness. No more politics as usual because we would be on the threshold of electing the very first woman to the highest post in the country. Voter registration would increase enormously, especially among men and women, young and old. The sexists who hadn't voted in years, would suddenly rush to renew their party affiliations to support what they considered to be "the babe candidate", while the gays and transvestites would flock to the polls to cast a vote for their "Diva candidate."

"Oh, giirrrl! You know I'ma go to the polls because these honies are fierce!" "I hope Condi scratches her eyes out!" "Giiirrl, you crazy? That's Miss Hillary you talkin' about. I'll bet'cha she kicked Bill's behind over the Monica tramp. Don't sleep on the Hill now."

The interest in politics would reach unbelievable heights, and the cable and network news channels would be flooded with coverage leading up to election night. The Demmies would unite like never before, and the Repubs would follow suit. Clinton and Rice would be inundated with a number of talk show appearances, from Larry King Live to Oprah. Simply put, it would be political drama at its finest, and we would absolutely love it.

The fact that both of these women bring a lot to the table politically and socially only adds to the fascination of this possible contest. Both are extremely intelligent, strong-willed, determined, capable, forthright, and staunch women who were born under the sign of Scorpio (Hillary on October 26 and Condi on November 14), which means that they would view each other as formidable opponents. Both are well versed in foreign policy, and they are highly regarded in their current roles. The fact that they also have huge fan bases and enormous political savvy doesn't hurt either.

The most intriguing aspect of the race would be trying to figure out who African-American voters would choose. Would they buck tradition by supporting Rice and elect the first African-American President, or would they remain faithful to the Democratic Party and support Hillary, who has been closely aligned with civil rights issues throughout her career? Here's another thought. Would the racists of America, who harbor an intense hatred for the Clintons, be willing to cast a vote for a black woman just to keep a Clinton from re-entering the White House? Ah, political drama at its best!

I have no doubt that this would be the race of the century for many, many reasons. Say what you want about either woman, the fact is they are comparable to any male that has run in the past, and they just might be better. Moreover, they would bring a fresh, new outlook to the political spectrum if they went head to head, and they would make history in the process. Rice and Clinton would also prove that women definitely rock in the 21st century.

See you next week!

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