What was supposed to be a simple holiday party turned into something much more consequential when Bedford Falls businessman George Bailey hinted at throwing his hat into the ring for the 2016 Democratic Presidential nomination.
While Bailey has never held a public office, he has long run the Bailey Building and Loan Association, and has been a representative of sorts for the people of his hometown for decades. Bailey gained national notoriety when he kept his family business from going under by putting up money earmarked for his honeymoon, and then convincing his customers not to call in their loans. Bailey later stood up to Henry F. Potter, a local titan and Republican bigwig, who was basically trying to take over the town and turn it into some sort of Republican Resort Town.
Bailey is revered by the people of his upstate New York community, and political pundits believe he would have no problem carrying his home state in the primary. “People love a candidate who is just like them, who turned up his nose at big business, and would reach up into the sky and lasso the moon for you,” one Democratic Party leader told this Modern Philosopher. “He’s a family man, his brother was a war hero, and he has proven that he knows how to steer a business through a rough economy. Why not put him in charge of the entire country?”
I was unable to get a comment from Mr. Bailey, but I did get to speak to Clarence Odbody, who described himself as an adviser to the potential candidate. “George is very excited about the idea of running for President and he has Mary and the children behind him. I’ve always told George that he was destined for something wonderful like this. He doesn’t have a huge bankroll, but he has many, many friends. He would definitely succeed if he ran. No man is a failure who has friends, you know.”
The Republican Party refused to comment officially for this piece, but one of my sources within the Party told me, “No one’s losing any sleep over a two bit business man from upstate New York with no political experience. I bet people forget all about him once the Holidays are over.”
What do you think, Modern Philosophers? What do you think of George Bailey? Would you consider making him your next President? Why not give someone who saved a town a chance to save the entire nation, right? Something tells me this man has a guardian angel looking after him, and he shouldn’t be written off just yet.
That’s it for me for now. For some reason, I’m really in the mood to watch a classic Christmas flick. Any suggestions?