Kerry lost, which sucks. B.S. won, so Montana lost as well. Again, suckage.
Now, there are many things that can go wrong when you run for election, but the biggest thing that can go wrong is underestimating the anger of the electorate. In otherwords, if someone from your party pisses off the voters, you have to fix it first. No ifs, ands or buts.
What sucks most about this is that good people lose to idiots. Montana is now poised to do some really amazingly bad things in the next few years. Will the state survive? Yes. Will everyone be happy? Um, no. In fact, life will be really sucky until the next governor is elected.
Postmortem and ideas.
Oh, there are many things to fix, but let’s hit the big three first.
- No matter what, make sure your party is loved. If this means that you have to distance yourself from someone, even to the point of submarining them, do it. You aren’t in this to make friends with politicians, especially those that are leaving office and aren’t well liked.
- For the sake of everyone, don’t back down and absolutely don’t apologize for having an opinion. Regardless of what you see in the press, we are electing you to represent us, if we don’t know what you stand for, we don’t vote for you.
- Don’t believe the polls. Let me repeat that: DON’T BELIEVE THE POLLS. They do you no good and, in fact, can kill you either way. If a poll says you’re down, use it to energize your base to expand itself. This means you acknowledge the poll, point out it’s flaws, stress that anytime the press publishes poll numbers they are attempting to influence the vote, and then give a speech and nail home another point of strength for yourself. In fact, use the poll to tell you where to attack next.
There are so many things that go wrong when you’re running a campaign. That said, take heart. It’s not your fault that you lost, it’s that the electorate listened to another person’s message. Thankfully, it’s actually easy to make them listen to you.
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– KevinMichael Hamm