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Low Performance Approaches to Low Performance Policitics

Sunday, March 9th, 2008

In today’s Sunday Times (London), the democrats are portrayed as a bunch of bumbling idiots and Hillary is portrayed as a ruthless, self-serving politician:

However, the new strategy explains why Clinton is prepared to mount an assault on Obama that risks handing victory to McCain in the autumn. It is worth badly wounding her rival because she believes she has found a way to win.

“If she wins big in Pennsylvania, she can rack up a majority of several hundred thousand votes and be in hailing distance of Obama. So stay tuned,” said William Galston, an elections expert at the Brookings Institution.

Clinton’s new tactics depend on clearing up a mess in Florida and Michigan, which are banned from seating delegates at the convention because they defied party rules by holding early primary contests.

Obama leads Clinton by nearly 600,000 in the number of votes cast to date, but trails her by 30,000 if the votes of the two “rogue” states are counted. These states are now likely to stage some form of rerun.

Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House of Representatives who will play a critical role in the event of a near-tie at the convention, met leading Clinton officials last week to discuss Florida and Michigan “do-overs”, the role of superdelegates and the campaign’s increasingly vitriolic tone.

Tad Devine, a senior Democratic strategist who has overseen bitter convention battles, said Obama was still the favourite to win. “He has a 50-state strategy and she has a 15-state strategy and in the end that may be decisive,” he said. “The most important factor for the superdelegates will be who has the most pledged delegates.”

Clinton will need improbably large victories in the remaining contests to narrow the 100-plus delegate gap that Obama has established. His lead is likely to grow after Mississippi votes on Tuesday.

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Over the past twelve years, the democrats have whined, cheated, bullied, manipulated, and otherwise acted like a bunch of spoiled children when it comes to elections. They can’t get their own primaries right; how are they going to get government right?

Changing the rules in the middle of the game? By the way, they want the Florida and Michigan taxpayers to foot the bills for their “re-runs”. Reasonable, right?

Superdelegates subordinating voters? Popular vote outweighing their own system of pledged delegates? “Scorched earth” mentality? Hillary apparently thinks that if she can’t have the nomination, Obama can’t either — she’ll hand the election to McCain.

Which brings me to another problem: McCain. Republicans might behave more maturely than democrats (unless they control Congress…then they spend like little kids with coins burning holes in their pockets), but McCain is a caricature of a politician. The phrases “What do you want me to say? I’ll say it?” seem to be his mantra. This guy doesn’t know where he stands, and if he does, he’s doing a poor job of communicating it.

The media loves him for two reasons: 1.) he bashes fellow republicans, and 2.) he most likely can’t win against Clinton or Obama. What’s not to love from the left-leaning, biased press?

And yet, McCain is increasingly being handed the chance to win. Clinton’s selfishness combined with Obama’s inexperience just might be enough — and then we’re in real trouble.

A President McCain is a president without core principals, and that spells disaster for all of us.

Different Circumstances; Different Approach

Monday, January 28th, 2008

In my business (one of them), there are many industry “standards” that don’t make a whole lot of sense. One of those is the “rush”.

A client will call in, or fax, or email an order, and somewhere on the order will be the word RUSH. Better yet, we often see SUPER RUSH. What does this mean?

RUSH can mean a bunch of different things. It can mean “I need it in ten days” (in which case it’s not a rush), or it can mean “I need it today” (most certainly a SUPER RUSH). Without more information, it’s impossible for us to know.

Most of my competitors address the RUSH quandary by simply picking their own delivery date. “I guess he needs it in a couple of days…” That makes a lot of sense, right? (No wonder we run circles around our competitors).

We call the client and ask for a specific drop-dead date. Sometimes a rush really isn’t. By calling, we’ve clarified the time-frame and we’ve saved everyone a lot of headaches. We’ve also had a chance to be professional in the eyes of our clients.

In these kinds of circumstances, it is absolutely imperative that you get as much detailed information as possible.

When it comes to your goals, the opposite is true (almost). Yes, you want to make your goals specific. Yes, you want to have a deadline. Yes, you want to be accountable along the way. I’m not suggesting that you “wing it” entirely.

But I am suggesting that you allow room for a little “faith”. What’s this mean?

It means that you pick a goal, you pick a deadline, and you let the rest work itself out. If you choose your goals wisely, and if you allow all of your senses to get actively involved (“I can see my success, I can feel it, I can smell it, I can taste it”), if you can visualize your world once you’ve succeeded in reaching your goal, your brain will take care of the details.

If you’ve read The Secret (good book), or if you’ve read any of the many books that discuss the Law of Attraction, you know that there is this idea of “the universe” and “vibrations” at work. The Universe responds to the vibrations (the feelings) you’re putting out, and it delivers that which is most dominant in your mind. The Universe works in the background, and it works in profound ways.

Whether or not you understand or believe in these ideas, I know you’ve experienced something good that “just happened”. You can’t explain it; you didn’t put any effort into it. It “just happened”.

That’s often a result of your mind working in the background to untangle some problem or address some challenge. Learn from this kind of experience; let your mind do its thing.

When setting goals, it’s often best to set a really big one and let the rest work itself out. A common example of this is when Kennedy proclaimed that the US was going to the moon by the end of the decade. We didn’t have the technology, we didn’t know how we were going to do it, but we knew we were going to. We accepted this on faith. We took the leap.

Sometimes you need to drill down to the finest, most minute details in life. But sometimes, especially when it comes to the big picture, you’ve got to just let it happen.