Because of the blog I got a ticket to a forum or debate among the Republican candidates for Governor last nite, moderated by Hugh Hewitt, who is a first class intellect and decent human being. Full disclosure, if I pick one ahead of time it is Sen. Gazelka, also a very decent human being, and I have helped several of the candidates on coronavirus. I am, however, fundamentally a true free market libertarian. Generally not an impressive performance by most of these people. Mike Murphy is a small-town mayor who seems like a nice guy and clearly brings a common man perspective but would be lost as Governor, which honestly is a complex job. Dr. Shah is clearly very smart but seems determined to find the best simplistic phrases that pander to emotional reactions and avoid deeper exploration of issues, which is hard in a minute and a half under the best circumstances. And he made it clear that he thinks Sen. Gazelka is the frontrunner by constantly attacking him in a misleading way, and that isn’t a particularly smart strategy. Dr. Jensen may have had an off night but he had difficulty putting together a coherent answer to most of the questions and strayed off to his talking points constantly. Sen. Benson seemed a little lost, but her father just passed away, so that is understandable. And Sen. Gazelka, having the best political resume, as you would expect seemed most acquainted with the issues and most familiar with how government functions. I suspect any of them would be better than the IB, but it is hard to beat the teachers’ union machine that recycles taxpayer money into political donations for one party and is responsible for the complete collapse of any kind of decent education in Minnesota’s public schools.
But what I am most struck by is how most candidates, experienced politicians or not, simply cannot be honest about what they believe and just have to stick to pre-planned lines. I think voters are fed up with this and it makes them distrust all politicians. Here is the worst example. The first question was about whether Presidementia Biden won the election and if not, which states were wrongly given to him. Everyone of these people knows he did in fact get certified as the winner by the electoral college and almost certainly did win, notwithstanding shenanigans. But they are so afraid of offending the Trump voters that they can’t say that straight out. How about this–“Yes, Presidementia Biden won the election, but there clearly were and are issues with election integrity and we have to fix those issues. And it doesn’t help us win future elections by constantly focusing on one that is done and over, we have to look forward and have a message that ensures that we win decisively in the next election.” That would be both a more honest and compelling answer. But apparently if you are running for office, treating the voting populace with respect isn’t an option.