Matt Towery

As of now, the GOP seems so hopelessly at war among its own members and without a coherent message that it appears more reasonable to take the time to consider America with a string of potential Democratic presidents in our future. With that in mind, here is a name to consider in the coming years -- that of Kasim Reed. Known only to his own constituency and some national insiders today, his name is starting to rise in awareness among the public and will likely be met by the same quizzical looks that the name Barack Obama received, say, in 2006.

But believe me, it is a name that could easily become oh-so-presidential in the coming years.

Reed is currently the mayor of Atlanta, a position that has produced plenty of top national Democrats. The best known of those is civil rights icon, former Congressman and former Ambassador to the United Nations Andrew Young. And while Young is a Democrat, he is revered even in Atlanta's most Republican sections of the city proper.

To understand Young is to understand, in part, his protege, Mayor Reed. Young certainly adheres to most Democrat policies. But he has always been known for keeping an open mind and avoiding partisan battles. And he's never been afraid to part ways from liberal ideology when he has felt the need.

We have reached the moment in time at which not only will America accept an African-American president, but at the end of eight years for President Obama, voters 35 and under will likely associate the presidency primarily with an African-American in the White House. That's a powerful demographic with a hugely new perspective for whom Reed, who is African-American, would appeal.

And it's most likely that those who seek to find the next Barack Obama among Democrats, like those who wanted another JFK or for Republicans another Ronald Reagan, will be looking for someone who has obvious similarities.

A unique first name like Barack might be a good starting place. That unique first name would have been a political negative just 10 years ago. And while everything is not in a name, Kasim will be a valuable commodity in Democratic primaries in years to come. It will be just as unique as Barack in a "Hall of Presidents" where names like George, John and James now symbolize the past to younger voters.

And Reed has the looks and the communications skills of Obama, and is arguably better.


Matt Towery

Matt Towery is a former National Republican legislator of the year and author of Powerchicks: How Women Will Dominate America.
 
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