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Showing posts with label Elizabeth Warren. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Elizabeth Warren. Show all posts

Saturday, June 29, 2019

The Table is Set - Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion


The Table is Set

I did not watch the Democratic Debates.

I rarely do.

I am more interested in the spin that follows, because that more than what is said on stage, determines public perception of the performance of the individuals.

Right now perception is everything.

Joe Biden looked shaky. I’m sure he is still plenty sharp but he clearly teeters when he is on the brink of a clutch moment. If you can get him going then he can flow a little bit, but before that he is slow, almost doddering. I wish he would sit down.

I wish old Bernie Sanders would sit down too, we don’t need either one of those dudes mucking it up in the oval office.

I have a growing respect for Elizabeth Warren, but on the whole I find her preparedness bothersome. She has a plan for everything but someone needs to quote Mike Tyson to her.

Everyone has a plan, until they get punched in the face.

I don’t want anyone to punch Elizabeth in the face, but she is going to take a lot of metaphorical blows during the race, and I doubt whether or not she will be able to respond.

Planning isn’t everything.

I like Kamala Harris, I like the sound of her voice. I like the look in her eye.

Kamala can speak with conviction directly from her experience, no-one needs to inform her of what it is like to a woman, or a brown skinned person.

She knows.

I want that experience back in the white house. I think she would be a good president.

The race for the Democratic nomination is in motion, the table is set.

I hope the best one wins.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Proceed with Caution - Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion

Proceed with Caution

I understand how it must be frustrating for all the Democrats in the presidential primary not getting the attention they feel they deserve, they cannot garner attention for themselves to get their message out.

This is not the fault of the front runner, Joe Biden, or the other people in the first tier, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg and Kamala Harris.

To the Corey Booker’s and the Bill De Blasio’s out there; there is a reason that you are not in the first tier. You entered the race without enough of a record to distinguish yourself, either that or with too much history already tarnishing your reputation.

You are no Mayor Pete, who is a uniquely gifted speaker; cool and calm, and able to argue dispassionately for what they believe is right and good.

You were not the Attorney General of the largest state in the nation.

You are not the second runner up for the Democratic nomination in the last round, and you are not the most vocal advocate for consumer rights the country has seen in the past twenty years.

Most significantly you are not the last Vice President of the united the United States.

This makes your position as a candidate in this race very week, and if you did not know this getting in then you don’t have the judgement it takes to be president.

If you can’t distinguish yourself by speaking to your strengths and vision, please just drop out.

If all you can do is take offence and vocalize your umbrage at the front runner by misconstruing the intended meaning of some comments he made about a better time in American politics when it was still possible to work with people that you have serious disagreements with, then please just drop out.

If you want to protect the country and help move us forward campaign on your strengths, not by trying to tear other people down. If you can’t do that you will still lose, and you will only have succeeded in poisoning the well.

If you care about the country you will keep yourself attuned to the heartbeat of the nation, serve the country best by being where you can best serve.
The wheel will turn again, and you may find yourself on top, if you are able to stifle your combative tendencies and help move the party along with the progressive agenda forward.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Likeability - Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion


There has been a lot of talk this week about the candidacy of Elizabeth Warren, Senator from Massachessets and her likeability.

There are a lot of people excited about the prospect of her running for President, I am. She brings a sharp and focused understanding of public policy to the field, and the ensuing debates will be elevated because of her participation in them.

We need candidates like her in the mix, like Bernie Sanders, the Senator from Vermont, but questions have been raised about Elizabeth Warren’s likeability, some are suggesting that it is unfair to judge her by such a standard, even sexist, or misogynistic.

I disagree.

Likeability is a huge factor in electability, and if it is sexist or misogynistic to judge her by that standard then it was also sexist and misandronistic to judge Al Gore, or John Kerry by that standard when they were running against George W. Bush.

Do you remember the question that was asked over and over again during those campaigns, Gallop even did poling on it: “Who would you rather have a beer with?”

It is a question that is both totally absurd and completely relevant at one and the same time.

If it is sexist and misogynistic to judge a female candidate by her appearance or her hair style, then it is also sexist and misandronistic to judge a male candidate by his height, or baldness.

It would be better if we could all just set aside judgements based on superficial criteria, but not all judgements based on appearance are superficial. Matters that the candidate has no control over should be off the table, a person cannot become taller than they are, but they do make choices about the clothes they wear, or the way they cut their hair, fashion their tupee, and those choices say something about the candidate.

Those choices communicate things to us about the candidate, both intentionally and unintentionally, they say something about the candidate and they are fair game.

Beyond appearances, likeability is definitely a factor in electability, it is not as great of a factor as other intangibles, like moment, but it is a factor nonetheless, and it contributes to moment, boosting it or dragging it down according to the candidates relative degree of charisma.

If elections were won on policy points alone then Bernie Sanders would have won the Democratic nomination. He had better policies and more likeability, but Hillary had insurmountable momentum, and it bore itself out.
If elections were won on policy points alone, then Hillary would have beaten Trump and she would be president right now and America, the World itself would be in a much better place.

Trump had no policies. His campaign was a total fraud, based on cons, scams and lies, he used those effectively to exploits Hillary’s basic problems with likeability, and stole a sufficient amount of her momentum so that he was able to cross the finish line even without having won the popular vote.

Charisma matters, and it is also in the eye of the beholder, but it still matters.

Elizabeth Warren scores very low on the likeability scale. This will hurt her. It hurts her with me.

I would not like to be scolded by her, and when she speaks about the issues she cares about I feel like she is scolding her audience. I would not like to be hear a male candidate speak to the same issues in the same way.

Nevertheless, Elizabeth warren’s run raises the bar for all Democratic candidates in the primaries. If she grabs the momentum, she will have my support, likeability aside.