Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

Fail Davison

September 10, 2010

Yesterday I wrote about Phil Davison, Republican candidate for Stark County, OH Treasurer.  In spite of his passionately delivered speech, the Ohio Republicans did not give him the nod to run for County Treasurer.  That’s not terribly surprising; screaming like a recalcitrant 12-year old does not exactly establish credibility, much less mental stability.

What can we learn from Mr. Davison?

  1. Passion is good.
  2. Too much passion is bad.
  3. Waaaay too much passion scares the bejeebus out of most ordinary folks and kills your credibility.
  4. Screaming and ranting does not convey passion, but poor judgment and even worse leadership skills.
  5. Toastmasters is a great place to practice speechcraft and get honest feedback on speeches.  (After learning his speech had gone viral, he commented, “It was strange.  Feedback would have been nice. I really don’t know how it was received [Emphasis mine].”  Ya think?)

PS:  This may be the first time a video went viral where the subject of the video had never used Youtube.

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More Communication Dissonance from Democrats

August 20, 2010

Oh Howard Dean, where would we be without you and your mighty scream?

The good former Vermont Governor recently weighed in on the lower-Manhattan community center nontroversy by stating his desire to see the location moved.  This, combined with Harry Reid’s announcement the other day, serves only to create further communication discord within the party. Once again, Dems are giving the (correct) impression that they are not on the same page.  This does not settle well with voters, because they want to know what each political party stands for, and if Dems speak for ten different things, why should anyone want to vote for them?

Contrast the Democrats’ messaging vs. the GOP’s.  The Republicans clearly stated the Ground Zero Mosque (it’s not true, but it sure is catchy) should not be there, period.  Dems are all over the map on the issue and are, once again, harming their own credibility by not communicating consistently.

Once again:  Please Dems, try communicating consistently.  You don’t have to agree with every issue every time, but like it or not, this has captured the world’s headlines and is therefore a major issue.  Please oh please, just once, try to stay on the same page, at least with the big items like this one?  Please?

Shocking News — Democrats Don’t Communicate Well

August 16, 2010

I’ve been pretty busy lately and had to take a brief hiatus from blogging.  But now I’m back, and evidently I picked a great day to start up again.

There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” being built a few blocks away from the World Trade Center site.  I’m not going to discuss my position on the building, but rather the Democrats’ painfully inconsistent and incoherent messaging surrounding this hot-button issue.

To make a long story short, President Obama recently stated that he supports the building of the Islamic Community Center (it’s not actually a Mosque, but rather a YMCA-type building) in spite of the fact that a majority don’t want it built there.  Obama took a huge political risk in bucking majority opinion, but that’s not really the issue here.

The issue is that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) came out today to voice opposition to the building, demonstrating once again that Democrats are painfully inconsistent with their messaging and their decision-making.

Oh Democrats, Democrats, Democrats.  For once, would you please take a position and stick with it?  I know if you get five Democrats in a room you’ll end up with about 15 different opinions, but when two leaders from the same political party take opposing views on an unpopular issue, that does not help you.  It leaves voters scratching their heads, wondering who — or rather, what — they are voting for.

It’s really not that hard folks:  if you take a principled but unpopular stand about an issue, people will respect you.  If you are divided and don’t stand for something consistently, it tarnishes your brand and confuses people.

So please, please oh pretty please, try to communicate consistently for once.  Just once?  Please?  You’re killing me here!

BP Literally Sides with Terrorists

July 14, 2010

The headline is not an exaggeration, and it is not hyperbole:  BP actively promoted the release of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi in order to finalize plans for a major drilling project in Libya.

I don’t think I need to comment on this, or make any righteous rants about good communications vs. good decisions.  It just stands on its own, doesn’t it?

Bad Communication = Bad Decisionmaking = I DON’T TRUST YOU

July 9, 2010

When someone approves a bad communication idea, this implicitly (or explicitly) demonstrates poor judgment in the communicator.  And poor judgment means that consumers cannot trust you or what you are selling.

For instance, take this video from a would-be Florida Congressman.  It is so bad I don’t even know where to begin.  You really have to watch it to appreciate its awfulness.  Fortunately, the commenters on Youtube put it better than I ever could:

Wike Meinstein is pro-good-things and anti-bad-things! Ike Waistline is hip and cool! You kids really dig Stein Wickmeen! He’s the diggy shiz-nit! You want to vote Sitcky Wickman! Mick Winestain of District 9! He’s a politician we can truhhhhhHAHAHAHAHAHAH I’m sorry, I can’t say that with a straight face.

and

How did this not feel wrong when they were doing it?

That last question really is an excellent one.  When it comes down to it, there is nothing like a good old-fashioned gut check to decide whether an idea is good or bad.

Mr. Weinstein, here’s some free advice:  releasing videos like this shows bad judgment which means I do not trust your ability to lead. Moving forward, please check your gut before communicating these, er, messages.  If you did check your gut before going with this video and your gut said, “Yup, this feels about right,”  then perhaps politics isn’t for you.