Last week started out with a significant endorsement of GOP education candidate Karen Floyd by black community leaders, including a Democratic legislator and former Democratic education candidate. My recent posting on this endorsement stirred up a considerable amount of discussion (thank you to all those who participated in the discussion!).So there we were, last week, all worried that this might be the year that the wave broke and South Carolina Republicans lost some statewide offices...Then came this week. I feel much better now. From the top down...
Ironically, the week ended with, you guessed it, more developments from the Superintendent of Education race, with revelations of a free beer college event put on by Democratic education candidate Jim Rex.
Just whose bright idea what that?
Now, I think I know why it takes so long to visit 46 counties.
The example of Howard Dean should serve as a strong warning for candidates of what happens when one relies too heavily on the college "dude" base for political support.
As a non-traditional college student during the run-up to the 2004 Presidential primaries, I watched the "Generation Dean" troops march around campus, preaching to the choir, but doing very little to reach actual voters, and with no real organized method to the madness.
At first, I thought they might be a problem, but as I watched them go from organizing meetings ... to more organizing meetings, but never to leave campus to actually campaign for votes, I started to realize they were going nowhere, and in the end, so would their candidate.
When I talked to one who railed about Dean and his causes, and then praised Mark Sanford, that's when I really knew this bunch didn't have a clue.
If Jim Rex wants to run an effective campaign, this event isn't just bad image management, but it's a total waste of time and resources. But hey, if Mr. Rex wants to tap this demographic segment for their support, might I suggest he bone up on classic dude lingo from our friends at Wayne's World?
"If you're gonna spew, spew into this."
"Party on, Wayne." "Party on, Garth."
"Schwing!" (an onomatopoeic representation of a male achieving an erection)
"We're not worthy!" (repeated, while bowing, to guests who the two deem themselves unworthy to interview)
"No Way." "Way."
"I think I'm gonna hurl!" (Garth, when he gets over-excited)
"Wayne's World, Wayne's World, party time, excellent!"
"Ex-squeeze me? A-baking powder?" (Instead of, "Excuse me,
I beg your pardon?")
"Yeah, and monkeys might fly out of my butt." (A response to a doubtful scenario)
"Are you mental?"
Last week, I awarded the Karen Floyd campaign a "Play of the Week". This week, I confer the "UN-play of the Week" to the Jim Rex campaign. Better luck next time!
One more thing ... if I came with my student ID, seeing as how I am currently a graduate student at CofC, could I get in free too? Well, after this and last week's posting, I'm sure the only thing free I'd get from that crowd is a boot in the tail.
Everyone have a most excellent and way cool week! Party on, dudes ...