This is not the time for the faint of heart to consider a run for Congress. Not only are the questions many, but are thorny, as well. One thing we don’t need are the middle-of-the-roaders, the ones who grasp the safe, popular issues. Thought must also be given on how to bring voters back to the Democratic Party.
Accordingly, here are the questions I might ask a Democratic candidate, should I manage to lure one onto the studio.
We’d start with the easy questions, of course - what inspired them to seek public office, their background, ya da ya da ya da . . .
We’d cover the easy ones like health care, Social Security, Medicare, the environment, and then go on to other issues. Assuming, of course, that they have thought that far.
We’d talk about the poisonous political atmosphere in America today, and what they might have to contribute to fixing the problem.
We’d go into great detail about their opponent’s voting record.
And then we’d talk about why Democrats are having such a difficult time in recent years, and how as a candidate they intend to appeal to working class voters. If all that was offered up was the cliched pledge to bring back “good-paying jobs,” well, as they say, game on.
Because then we’d be able to talk about outreach, and whether they are reaching out to folks who punch a time clock, or are just taking the safe route, and spending most of their time with activist groups who will probably support them anyway.
We’d talk about a woman’s right to an abortion, and the rights of the LGBT community.
We’d talk about racial equality, and by that I mean we’d talk specific issues.
We’d talk about war. And guns. And
We’d talk about poor Americans, and how the Democratic Party seems to have lost the ability to reach out to them, and how they will personally reach out to low-income folks, the folks who work in factories, grocery stores or live in trailer parks.
Personally, and not just online.
We’d talk about how some are urging Democrats to be moderates, and whether they are one, or whether they would fight like a lion for traditional Democratic values.
Yeah, I know. Lotsa luck getting a Democrat to come on after posting these questions.
Singing along with the soundtrack to “Never Say Never Again” while writing today.
“A man who says never may have no future . . .”
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My discussion with Bob Emenegger
, as he discusses his career in advertising, and films he has made on the subject of UFOs. Bob is also the author of the book, “UFOs: Past Present and Future.”
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Quote of the Day
It is a blow to reform and the political hopes of the poor that the middle-class no longer understands that poverty exists. But, perhaps more important, the poor are losing their links with the great world . . .They are not seen and because of that they themselves cannot see. Their horizon has become more and more restricted; They see one another, and that means they see little reason to hope. - Michael Harrington, "The Other America"