Friday, August 29, 2008

R.I.P. The White Dude Ticket

If you haven't heard already, earlier today, presumptive Republican Presidential nominee John McCain, announced that his running mate will be current Alaskan governor (and total Tina Fey doppelganger) Sarah Palin. While this unexpected selection of a young political maverick and America's top GILF (just ever so slightly above Michigan's Jennifer Granholm) does immediately deliver the all important Alaskan hockey mom vote to McCain, only the coming months will tell if this surprise choice was a successfully savvy maneuver or just the sad first signs of oncoming senility.

Predictions for the future aside, with both major party tickets set, at least there is now one thing that is now certain. Due to the unprecedented racial and gender make up of the two tickets (black dude/white dude for the Democrats and white dude/white chick for the Republicans) the nearly 220 year streak of a white dude presidency and vice presidency will finally come to an end. Yes technically there is a theoretical chance that the all white dude Libertarian Party ticket of Bob Barr and Wayne Allyn Root may somehow prevail on Election Day, but barring that (hey I guess that's a pun!) it'll be one of the two major parties.

While I'm not really shedding a tear for the end of the white dude era, it is still a significant event and (like Linda Loman said) attention must be paid. It's not every day that a fundamental way of life that has existed without any change since the founding of the country is toppled. Slavery had a good century or so run, powdered wigs made it at least to the 19th century, and I guess we still like toting guns, but I can't really think of any other American tradition that has lasted for this long. I mean, people went nuts when Michael Phelps beat Mark Spitz's gold medal record and that's only been around for 36 years, so this is absolutely huge.

So in honor of this inevitable date with history that looms on inauguration day next year regardless of who wins, I thought I'd make a quick, hastily prepared tribute to the end of the white dude era at the top of the executive branch, Oscar Death Montage Style:

For any lazy middle school social studies students out there, I give full permission to pass this off as your own for your history project.

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