Herman Cain 2012
October 22, 2011 by staff
Herman Cain 2012, It is my attention to the stack or Herman Cain for even more in the tangle of abortion covered in detail in RedState. Instead, I want to take a moment to discuss the concept of “professional politicians”.
People love to hate politicians, and often for good reason. And in our hyper-populist mood these days there is a fight for being anti-political, anti-Washington, anti-government conservatives, etc., in particular, are in love with entrepreneurs and figures that plausibly can claim free ring and the thought of big government.
Obviously, Herman Cain benefits from this dynamic, and Mitt Romney has – clumsily and unsuccessfully, in my opinion – tried to use this to your advantage. There is a small problem with this idea is naive and unrealistic and only leads to problems for the candidates and their supporters.
The truth is that a politician is a profession, like it or not. Outside the local offices and very small jurisdictions, elected office is a full time job. The size and scope of government, and the nature of modern society means that the greater the responsibility and power connected to an office is more difficult at a time to be elected and to do the job.
In my opinion the idea of ??citizen legislators is a myth, a nostalgic belief that does not match reality. This is true statewide. Budgets and legislative issues require a knowledge base and skill level of a professional, you can not enter the street and be successful.
Similarly, the election requires a set of skills and knowledge base that is beyond the average person. Yes, you ca surrounded by good people and good advice, but rather a campaign requires skill and experience, the more you do, usually, the better you become.
Take all this at the presidential level and the pressures and complexity of all this is through the roof. So why wait for someone with little experience in this area you can just waltz on stage and be successful?
Herman Cain is a talented businessman. Obviously, he has experience in leadership and management. And this situation brings a unique ability to speak to the issues from a fresh perspective and in a way that appeals to many outside the political process.
And you can be involved in business at Cain has no political participation. Cain is no stranger to politics or government. However, candidate for the presidency is in many ways sui generis, something unlike anything else.
And I hate to break to fans of Herman Cain, but I think in recent weeks have shown that Cain is not ready for the pressure involved. The media attention is hostile and hot. Everything you say is scrutinized and attacked. Their history, their motives, each of their decisions is investigated and tested for weak (unless of course you happen to be Barack Obama).
Most people simply can not handle this. The list of people who have a major was ambushed by this process or who have not carried out under pressure is long. Michelle Bachman, what you think of their positions, etc, went from momentum and get support fairly quickly strip. Or, again and again what you think about their choices and no style, Sarah Palin, thrust into the spotlight and forced to compete nationally in the most hostile of circumstances.
Too often conservatives ranging from naïve idealism and pragmatism hard, almost Machiavellian both, and often ironic, imbued with a strong element of personality cult. We cling to a rising star or a fresh face and insist they are the second coming of Ronald Reagan and George Washington combined and denying for so long as it may not be able to sweep to power and change Washington forever.
Or we get behind what we perceive as the most eligible candidate and then insist that no fault or that their compensation is not involved in politics. After a loss, or when the government’s responsibility grows heavy, the blame game begins and you do not fight too often with blinders that won during the campaign.
I would say there is an important principle conservative view of politics is the art of the possible. It is important to play the ball as it lies, to take a metaphor for the game of golf. And we ignore this reality at our peril.
This does not mean that we abandon hard turn to the principles or cynical. Yes, the first principles and highlights the policies are important, as is the confidence that the candidate’s ability to fulfill its promises and make the tough decisions on the basis of their ideals.
However, he acknowledges that there is no perfect candidates, that politics is a necessary part of our public life and that requires skills and experience like any other profession.
You do not just jump from holding public office to become president of the United States. You can not only find a way to act in one of the biggest stages imaginable on the fly. Presidential candidate is not like running a business.
And “Lame Stream Media” or not, effective communication, management, and style play a crucial role in the success of today. Is it fair or ideal? No, but it’s reality.
In my opinion, in a series of problems recently Caine has simply not shown the basic level of competence needed to run for president, let alone be elected. When pressed to take your marketing message as a basis for more detailed policy debate has offered the confusion and, sometimes, total incoherence. Given what is at stake is not acceptable.
Now, before the war called let me say that none of the candidates have excelled in precisely this area. They all have weaknesses apparently do nothing more than a presidential candidate all the baggage of a long political career, from brutal honesty that slips into a feverish exchange inability to defend and sell their very strong record achievements .
And to be honest, I think in many ways Michelle Bachman Cain forshadowed problems. I also think Rick Santorum electoral spectacular failure is the last time he ran for office, and his inability to come off as anything but angry, do fatally flawed.
So here’s me, probably just as naive, supplication: Allows primary debate and discuss this with the awareness that politics is a profession that requires knowledge and experience, and that all candidates have strengths and weaknesses. We have to decide who we think has the best combination of skills and experience necessary to be elected and succeed in office. We have to decide what the policy or belief are not negotiable and the compensation they are willing to do to move toward our ideals (or at least prevent further destruction).
In other words, we must go into this with eyes wide open in the current political landscape in which we find, not that we wish existed.
This is not easy I know, but it is the task that lies ahead.
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