I notice David Montgomery at Political Smokeout picked up on the same thing I’d noticed in writing on a topic that was mentioned under a previous post here, where a commenter noted:
Confusion in 2014 says:
Stace didn’t know what he was going to run for when he sent out a press release, Jarding doesn’t know what he is running for yet and neither does Lora Hubbel. I’ve never seen anything like this.
PP at the SDWC says:
That’s a really good point.
Read that here.
What did Monty say on it? He pointed out what I was noticing as well, that you had Stace, Steve Jarding, and now Lora Hubbel all playing ambiguous:
…. what’s with the trend of South Dakotans announcing they’re going to run for office, but not which one?
My best guess, though, is that this is misleading ambiguity — the almost-candidates know which office they want to run for, and want to fire up potential supporters by declaring they’ll be candidates, without getting pinned down or spoiling their official announcements by giving specifics. So they either remain ambiguous or outright lie, and say they don’t know which office they’re running for.
Read that here.
Let me chime in with my own opinion. And not picking on
Lor anyone in particular, but I find the practice highly suspect. I think it is not just stupid, but also the pinnacle of self-absorption that you mistakenly think you’re such hot stuff that it doesn’t matter what you run for, the people are going to want you for anything.
Not really. History is littered with great people who ran for office and couldn’t get elected. Part of it is being in the right place, at the right time. Part of it is running an effective campaign. And part of winning an election is getting people to believe you are the best man or woman to fill that job for them.
If you owned a business, what would you say when a job hunter decided to sally forth and try to tell you that “it doesn’t matter what job you give me, I’ll be perfect in anything you want me to do?” In most businesses, you might think the person has a screw loose.
But if someone came in, was well versed with the job duties, they knew what it took to do the job, they had the qualifications to do it, and they convinced you that they had knowledge and skills superior to anyone else – you’re a lot more likely to hire them, as opposed to the person who said, just put me anywhere.
Or, let’s look at it in a more basic manner.
I think it’s ok to consider pro’s and cons privately. But once you say you’re running, you darned well better be able to say WHAT you’re running for. Because if you can’t answer that, you certainly can’t answer WHY you’re running.
And if you can’t answer the WHAT and the WHY, it makes me wonder if you can’t answer the WHO and the HOW (as well as the WHERE).
So, if you’re running, at least give the voters the respect of making up your mind before you go public. Because it’s not all about you. It’s about what you can do for us.