By: Todd M. Schoenberger
Winning political elections has never been easier in this country, as recently displayed by President Obama, Delaware’s Christine O’Donnell, and Massachusetts’ Scott Brown. All you need is a good smile, great teeth and speak the King’s English, and anybody can get elected in our country.
Here’s the lesson of the week for parents: Skip the algebra and focus on communication. Your kids will be successful beyond their dreams if they know how to simply construct a sentence and answer a question without the classic nervous response, “Ummm.”
We are six days removed from Christine O’Donnell’s landslide victory over Mike Castle, and all the world knows about the tea party queen is she missed a couple of mortgage payments and likes to cast a spell here and there. As for launching a strategy to improve an employment picture for a country (and influence a 3-county state) that has been hit with countless private sector job cuts, all we know is she “believes jobs are created when businesses are freed from endless taxes and bureaucratic red tape.”
That statement tells you a lot, doesn’t it? It’s about as vague as Eagles’ Coach Andy Reid telling Michael Vick to throw the ball down the field and see what happens. And the chances of Vick and his teammates pulling off a victory may be weak with such an amateurish plan; but for the likes of O’Donnell, Obama and Brown, statements like this are just what are needed to win a one-way ticket to Washington, DC.
Christine O’Donnell will win her race against Chris Coons. And, I believe President Obama will win a second term, as well. It doesn’t take a lot to manipulate voters, and all you need is for them to briefly believe your story for the two minutes they walk into the voting booth.
Remember, O’Donnell won by simply calling her opponent a “rhino” and discussing his backing of TARP and cap-and-trade. And, if you recall, Obama won on his comments about “change” and bashing “the policies of Bush ’43.”
It’s a classic sales job, not a debate about issues and politics. And, you know this stuff already, which begs the question: Then why do you fall for it every time?
If the economy was indeed moving in the right direction, wouldn’t President Obama have an approval rating north of 48 (according to the latest Rasmussen poll)? Or, better yet, if O’B wasn’t out reselling healthcare reform and Biden wasn’t reselling the stimulus, wouldn’t the number be much lower? In other words, this country is full of amnesiacs who are willing to believe whatever they want.
So, let me be the first to congratulate those candidates who took time to improve their smiles and communication skills; you’re next known address will be inside the beltway.