In and outs of the political campaigns, focusing on Michigan and Lansing, Tim Skubick will report regularly throughout the primary and then general election campaigns.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Seems like most common folk have had enough of this election stuff and would vote yesterday to end it if they could. In that light then, a blog that has nothing to do with the Big O or the two mavericks. This may come as a shock to you, but the political game is filled with "users" who are both politicians and journalists and no one seems to care. Governors routinely use journalists to advance their agenda and journalists gladly comply because governors usually make news. Perhaps the best example of "usury" is noted barrister Geoffrey Fieger. How many times has this guy said he was "thinking" about running for Mayor of Detroit, or State Attorney General, or who knows what all? Each time he opens his yap, reporters know it's just hype but they jump on it anyway because Fieger is good copy. So while sitting in a daylong seminar the other day lo and behold the using thing was discussed. An author from Detroit, James Hunter who has sold over 2.5 million books on leadership, laid this story on the audience. As Hunter tells it, Southwest Airlines takes potential new hires to lunch not as a friendly gesture but to see how they treat the wait staff. If they are gruff and impolite, they don't get the job. Leadership, Hunter argues, is "How you treat people who can't do anything for you." What a great line and what a great way to live life. Unfortunately in politics, no one will ever live by that rule because sources and reporters only talk to one another because they get something out of it. Maybe in another life, everyone will come back as a social worker and then the using will stop.