Wednesday, April 17, 2013

What Is Nitish Thinking?

There is no doubt in my mind Nitish is the best candidate for PM in India right now. But he has to want it. A non-Congress, non-BJP coalition of parties with outside support from the Congress could see Nitish in the chair. I can see such a configuration emerging.

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Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar chose to be more calibrated, emphasizing the compulsion why he could not accept Modi as PM, but without fixing a tough deadline for the BJP to sort out the issue. He conveyed his strong reservations on Modi to BJP leaders, party chief Rajnath Singh and leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley....... He also expressed apprehensions about the growing indication that Modi for all practical purposes may have already been anointed the BJP's choice for PM.
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"A diverse, pluralistic, multi-faith and multi-ethnic country can be led by only such person who has secular credentials and an inclusive outlook, and who can carry all sections of society," Kumar told his colleagues.
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"Despite claims by the Congress and the BJP that they are national parties, there is nothing like that. We are ruling in one state while they are in power in four states... This is the only difference now," Tiwari, considered close to Kumar, said.
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Monday, April 08, 2013

Hillary 2016, Gay Marriage, And Technology

Hillary Clinton 1
Hillary Clinton 1 (Photo credit: Angela Radulescu)
I really like the idea of a woman president. That would be my number one reason to support Hillary. But my condition would be her running mate must be a woman, her Secretary of State must be a woman.

And you do want something cutting edge. Gay marriage as a federal proposition would be that cutting edge thing. This issue is more cutting edge than the idea of a woman president. But the two are kind of related. Both gays and women are sexual minorities in terms of how long they have been sidelined. They are but natural allies.

Hillary's weak point is technology. She famously said over a decade ago that she "can not think in front of a computer." Hillary is no Narendra Modi. Modi is tech savvy. But then Bill Clinton is not known for sending out emails, and the dude still presided over the dot com boom. It is because he balanced the budget. That basic arithmetic is still cutting edge politics. It should not be, but it is.

Like Nixon went to China, Hillary went to Burma. I think that is pretty cutting edge.

It is for tech entrepreneurs not the President Of The United States to hog the cutting edge in technology. So Hillary's weak point is not a weak point at all. All she has to do is assemble the right social media team and give them ample power. Old style fundraising and old style connecting and old style canvassing are passe. Obama 2008 is still cutting edge politics. She could simply rehire many of Obama's operatives, like Obama hired many Clintonistas once in power.

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