For all the clever tweets, sophisticated data, and focus group tested messages the Hillary Clinton campaign pumps out daily, they may have forgotten to ask the simple question that should be at the heart of every campaign: If voters had one sentence to explain why they support her candidacy, what would it be? After nineteen months of campaigning, I’m not sure they have an answer to that.
It’s now routine for the scribbling pens and chattering class to pose the beer question or a variation thereof, and, based on a candidate’s perceived likability and relatability, they create a self-fulfilling narrative of electability.
If a candidate is warm and likable, these pundits say, Americans will be more inclined to vote for him or her. But woe to any politician who seems unable to kiss babies with ease, feel someone’s pain, look relaxed on television, or down a beer comfortably. Continue reading Likability Shouldn’t Matter When Electing a President
“I came of age during the Vietnam War. At the time I didn’t care about politics. I wanted to be the next Tolstoy… But what we did to Vietnam was so barbaric, it made me want to get into politics. I said, why not be Gandhi instead of Tolstoy?” Continue reading Interview with PunditWire Co-Founder, Robert Lehrman
In December, Al Gore’s CURRENT TV features a marathon week-long deconstruction of holiday myths.
“Santa Fraud” uncovers the longtime Christmas icon’s true purpose, as a front for corporate toy makers and their overseas sweatshops. Continue reading Holiday Spirit on Current TV
There was nothing to do on Election Day in 1994. I sat in my office, on the ornate second floor of Old Executive Building, staring at the wall all day. Above my computer I’d taped a list the last eleven speeches I’d done for my boss, Al Gore. They were all campaign rallies.
Finally, I left the building and drove home. I went to vote, walking through the dark with my eight-year old into the brightly lit gym at Lafayette Elementary School, sending him to vote at a mock booth, while I punched holes at the real one. The next day, at work, I checked that list over my computer. We’d lost every race. Continue reading 1994: Lessons Learned