The age of the old white guy in office are over! I’m not completely sure if the republicans are trying to diversify their slate of candidates but socially acceptable cadidates are of the following criteria: White, Old, Rich, Christian… and did I mention white? Obviously we knew there was a time coming where we would have a black president. To that I say FINALLY! The republicans tried to diversify the election of our current President, President Obama, by choosing Sara Palin as Senator McCains running mate.
The republican party has further diversified their slate this year by running a mormon. This is definitely new territory for the party, but its obvious that the need to push their fiscal platform outweighs social issues. While mormon issues differ from the Christian values the republican party clings to, in the defense of the republican party, I feel Romney is a lot like the other candidates who have been in office, not a devout follower of anything other than their ego.
My only question is: Have we seen the end of the stereotypical presidents that have been the stronghold of our nation for 200 years? Part of me hopes not but the other part of me appreciates the diversity. When Obama was running for President there was a joke going around: A conversation was going on with God and a Man. The man asked is a woman would ever be President. God responded, not in your lifetime, son. He asked if a gay would ever be President. God responded, not in your lifetime , son. He asked is a black person would ever be President. God responded, not in MY lifetime, son. Moral of the story; what couldn’t be achieved in Gods lifetime was achieved in one election cycle. I feel like its only a matter of time before the others happen. The American people used to see the office of the Presidency for what it is, the highest office in the land. Now its just another public relations job. The days of the typical president are over and while some conservatives argue the age of the Presidency is over, it will be interesting to see what happens to the highest office in the land and who hold the Office of the President of the United States.