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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, August 2, 2010

Feeling Helpless

Most successful candidates are control freaks and that is
especially evident as you watch their campaigns. They control
everything and are in second heaven when they do.
That's why election day is so freaky for them. If they could,
they'd control the weather and close all the beaches and golf courses
so that you had nothing else to do but vote.
But they are not omnipotent which is why today is the worse day
in their lives. They are out of control and voters have it all.
Somebody get the Pepto-Bismol.
Sure they can make last minute phone calls, shake a few more
hands, and put on a confident mug for the cameras, but be assured, deep
inside, they are in turmoil because they have no authority over what
the voters will do to them.
They can't make you vote and they can't force you to vote for
them.
Can you say helpless?
In addition to that inner turmoil, there is the mental anguish
as they might spend most of the day second guessing themselves.
Rick Snyder might ask him, maybe the nerd thing will backfire?
Mike Cox might wonder if he was too aggressive in the debates?
Pete Hoekstra might regret that he did not spend more on TV ads
early on when he was being attacked.
Mike Bouchard might hear a voice inside his head going, "Maybe
I should have used my daughter in more TV ads?"
And Tom George might regret that he never robbed a bank to get
more money for his under funded effort.
Democrats Andy Dillon and Virg Bernero will be wondering a lot
of "What if's?", too.
Everyone believes he is going to win but only two will,
leaving the rest to wonder, "What went wrong?"
And here's the sad part, as confirmed control freaks, they
will begin their quest for that answer, by looking in the mirror.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

and the real unfortunate thing is that Tim Skubic will still be writing tomorrow!

August 3, 2010 at 8:13 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tim, assuming Rick Snyder is the nominee, what do you think about an out of the box choice of Andy Dillon as his running mate? A fusion ticket to appeal to independents, while shoring up Snyder's weakness with the Right to Life crowd and giving him some needed Lansing background.

August 3, 2010 at 6:18 PM 

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