Quite a few people have advised me to kill this blog, or at least turn it into milquetoast, such as most other candidates have.
I don't especially like that advice. I'm not most candidates. I don't like their empty suit presentations that are long on smiling pictures and anecdotes about places they've been, and very short on what they think. I have a wide variety of interests, and I like to talk about them. I like to talk about social and cultural trends, too. What's the harm? Must I only offer safe, boring fare, devoid of taking a position? Must I always and only speak on-message, and in soundbites?
I found out today why candidates do avoid speaking freely:
- The more you say, the better the chance someone will disagree with you.
- Many people will dismiss you on just one area of disagreement.
- Some will even dismiss you despite 99% agreement elsewhere.
What about the several hundred other articles I've written? Nevermind that. There's this one area of disagreement.
The lesson most candidates will learn from an experience such as this is to shut down the blog, to shut up as regards innocuous topics, and speak only on message.
As I said, I don't like that lesson. I want well-rounded candidates. Do you?
Don't you want well-rounded candidates? Aren't you completely underwhelmed by soundbite speak and empty suits that try to limit their entire dialogue to three talking points vetted by polling data? I know I am.
This isn't unrealistic, is it? I don't expect to get total agreement from people. My own experience is that I've never met a single person I held complete, 100% agreement with. Should I shut them down because of the differences? Isn't it better to build bridges on the areas of agreement?
I say 'YES' to that latter question, but the reality is that most people zero in on disagreements with candidates for office. This blog entry helps illustrate the point.
Because I am committed to being the best candidate I can be, I really have little choice but to seriously consider my presentation. I have to consider streamlining my subject matter and my words, lest I unnecessarily alienate potential supporters and voters.
I am very interested in public comments on this. Please chime in!