No one among the ’08 presidential hopefuls has asked for my advice on campaign strategy, and that’s probably for the best. Frankly, I think the kinds of strategies and tactics we’ve seen in past national elections aren’t going to cut the mustard this time. Because times are tough now, and they’re about to get much, much tougher. These candidates have to get serious, because it’s getting pretty serious for all of us.
We simply can’t afford to get fooled again; there’s too much at stake, and too little time. We need real ideas, and integrity, and courage, and truth-telling in this election. The good news is, it’s hard to fake those things if we all watch closely.
Speaking of the press doing its job, I’ve lately seen one too many articles and reports like this one. So, CNN reporter, you’re telling me that black women (evidently a surprisingly homogeneous group) are in a heck of a race/gender quandary, because they can’t figure out whether to vote for the black man, or the white woman? Oh, really? It’s hard to read through that piece and imagine that it was written, and proofread, and edited and printed without anyone saying, “Wait a minute. Aren’t we about to totally insult the intelligence of our entire readership with this racist, sexist, elitist premise?”
The larger point is, in my opinion we’re much smarter than they think we are. And by November, as the major issues facing us continue to assert themselves, I think very few people will be supporting any presidential candidate simply because of their gender, their race, or their religion. Maybe 20 or 30 years ago they would have, but not today.
The following video is a great example of the change that I’m seeing in the quality of discourse. The interviewer hears the BS, and overlooks the BS for a while, and tries to steer the discussion away from the BS and back to real issues, and finally, the BS build-up becomes too much for him. What follows is a minute or two of uncommon clarity; Mark Larsen has a new fan.
My wish is that more of the debates, round-tables, and interviews in election ’08 begin where this one ends.