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Elections are over, what’s next?

Path to an Asian Presidency

IExaminer, News analysis, Staff Posted: Nov 05, 2008

Elections are over, what’s next? Path to an Asian Presidency


The presidential election is over and America has a new commander in chief. This presidential campaign captured unprecedented attention and inspired millions. But what’s next, as we consider the possibiities for the next candidate in 2012? For a non-Caucasian candidate as Barack Obama to have achieved the level of success he did, it begs the question, is an Asian presidency far fetched? Here are tips to consider your own Path to an Asian American Presidency.

1. KNOW WHERE YOU CAME FROM
Be born in the U.S. (must be a U.S. citizen) to a humble family background. Be at least a 3rd generation API with war veteran fathers. Be an eagle scout and work at your parent’s grocery store.

2. BE A SELF-STARTER
Work your way through college and attend an Ivy league Law School. Plant the seeds of politics by participating in student politics. Distinguish yourself in the community.

3. EARN YOUR STARS AND STRIPES
Serve in the military, preferably earning medals for valor.

4. BE TOUGH ON CRIME
Use your law degree to be a hard-hitting prosecutor. Put away criminals. Start making crucial connections.

5. MARRY STRATEGICALLY
Marry a charming and accomplished spouse. Adopt kids from a 3rd world country. Avoid scandal on the family front.

6. DECIDE ON A POLITICAL PARTY
Get active in local politics. Support local candidates, volunteer in the state’s senator’s office. Develop name recognition.

7. GET ELECTED
Get elected to the state House of Representatives. Position yourself on policy-making committees. Maintain a clean-cut image.

8. MOVE UP OR GET RE-ELECTED
Get elected to the county chief executive or re-elected to the House. Maintain an impeccable record of accomplishments. Keep connections to API leaders and other community groups.

9. Raise money!
Ensure funds are
‘clean’ and not from
big businesses.

10. Run for Governor or state Senator
Pass popular laws, ensure the state you’re representing is high in accomplishments such as prudent budgeting, accessible healthcare, high school graduation rate, and low unemployment.

11. Create presidential exploratory committee
And get support from family and friends. Must be at least 35 years old.

12. Raise money!
Contact political action committees (PACs) with community leverage and funds. Attend their fundraisers.

13. ANNOUNCE BID FOR WHITE HOUSE
File with the Federal Elect Commission and announce run on TV.

14. ASSEMBLE THE ENTOURAGE
Assemble a bright, devoted, tireless campaign staff: strategists, speech writers, advisors, image teams.

15. Image! Image!
Breakdown stereotypes, be strong, assured, calm, knowledgeable, attractive, inspirational, and trustworthy.

16. Get recognized!
Get press coverage. Have family members out in spotlight performing saintly duties.

17. Campaign!
Advertise! Identify with popular issues and prepare for debates. Get meaningful endorsements (newspapers, unions). Identify opponent’s weaknesses. Prepare for remarks on lack of “Americanism”. Develop proposals for what you would do as president: focus on current top issues for the American people.

18. Create buzz and momentum
Get to Iowa and New Hampshire for the Iowa Caucus and New Hampshire Primary. Win over core party voters and swing voters.

19. Win primaries to secure party’s nomination
Raise money, do speeches, keep tabs on public opinion, keep spin control staff on alert.

20. Declare running mate
Win party nomination at Party National Convention. Declare running mate who will help fill in gaps in demographic support.

21. Campaign NATIONWIDE
Campaign all over the country as a bonafide presidential nominee. Prepare for presidential debates.

22. Win the majority
of electoral votes (at least 270).

23. Welcome
to the possibilities for change.

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