The Myth of Electability (1/18/07)
No one seems to really care anymore who should win elections. Instead, politicians who obsess over fundraising potential, party allegiances and endless image polishing serve up candidates selected by committee based on some nebulous concept of "electability."
Here in Kentucky, where we rank dead last - or near it - by far too many critical standards, we can't afford such nonsense any longer. Forget "electability." What about capability?
Politicians just don't get it done. What we need are leaders. People who don't just know a good idea when they see it, but know how to make it happen.
With another governor's race already upon us, here's my message to every candidate:
Don't tell me what we need to do. I already know that. Tell me how you're going to do it.
How will you attract new business?
How will you get casino gambling approved? And if you oppose it, tell me exactly where you do plan to get the extra revenue this state needs to survive.
And how are you ever going to get that blasted bridge painted?
Straight, honest answers to questions like these are the way to win my vote, regardless of your party, race, sex or how clever your commercials are.
PR firms can't make you electable. But strong leadership can.
And if you forget that, you do it at your own peril.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View.