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Is electability really a myth?

Steve Deace has some very good points to make about The Electability Myth. He asks some sensible questions such as what is electability, and who gets to decide what this is?

It’s true that no matter how good a candidate’s philosophies or plans are, if that person doesn’t win an election they don’t get to do any of the good we’d like them to. However, there is very good reason to wonder whether the GOP understands what electability is or is even interested in understanding it. The GOP establishment has their own way of doing things, which hasn’t worked out so well. For example, the 2014 mid term elections handed the GOP a landslide victory, as far as mid term elections go. And they’ve virtually thrown it away. This doesn’t build my confidence in the current crop of leaders.

We should be aware of the difference between propaganda and reality here. We are told political candidates need to have political experience or leadership experience to be qualified for the office of President of the United States. The current occupant didn’t have much of either and he got elected. And a case can easily be made that Obama was elected mainly because of his race, not because of any real qualifications.

But let’s look at what these qualifications really are, shall we? I’m not talking about the qualification of experience or scholarly credentials. I’m not talking about the art of compromise or reaching out to the other side of the isle. Let’s talk about the real business of politics: peddling influence and spending other people’s money. That’s the basic activity of politics, isn’t it? And to cover up the business of political shenanigans a political hopeful needs to be able to tell people what they want to hear in a way that they won’t ask too many questions (or if they do, they don’t mind being lied to). This ability to lie well covers more than the work of politics it also serves well in running for office in the first place.

So is this really the kind of person we want as president? Someone who knows how to lie, peddle influence, and has an affinity for spending other people’s money really is the ideal politician. I don’t know about you, but that’s not the kind of person I want to vote for. I’m not impressed with a sophisticated speaker whose efforts have been invested mainly in public speaking, as opposed to actually understanding how the world works. That’s Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, etc. That’s not my ideal leader.

I want a leader who understands how systems work, how funding for those systems works, how the act of helping others needs to be handled carefully, and how liberty is essential for any of this to survive. My litmus test automatically rules out anyone in the Democrat party and most Republican candidates or potential candidates. But does my litmus test leave any winning candidates, candidates with electability?

Of course! Let me remind you of one episode in the 2012 election season: the first presidential debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. Do you recall what happened? Romney destroyed Obama in that first debate. What did Democrats do in response? Did they give up on Obama? Did they pack everything up and go home? NO! They got better coaching for the next debate. Don’t kid yourself into thinking the brains of the candidates had anything to do with this. It was all about preparation, which is done with many political coaches. Obama did much better in the second debate with Romney simply because he had better coaching than he had for the first debate. That is what electability comes down to – preparation.

Now, if my ideal candidate has good political coaching for the 2016 political season (not the kind where he has to tie one arm behind his back and pretend to be something he’s not – that’s the kind of coaching the 2008 and 2012 GOP candidates had and it didn’t work) what are the possibilities? This person must hold individual liberty as a prime imperative. This person must understand that government does not know what is best and is not better qualified than you to make decisions for your own life. This candidate must be a person of honor and integrity. And yes, this person must be intelligent as well, in addition to compassionate, and he (or she) must understand the issues.

Am I asking too much? Does such a person exist? As a matter of fact he does. The political establishment (both Democrat and Republican) don’t want this person to be the Republican nominee in 2016. But my ideal candidate is not merely adequate this time around, he is the face of conservatism itself. He is a man of integrity, compassion, intellect, one who has faith in the American people rather than its government, and one of his greatest qualifications is that he is NOT a political professional.

So who is this ideal candidate? Find out here in Dear GOP, I’m not sure you actually want to win in 2016.

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