The GOP race is hot and heavy, yet all eyes are focused on the sidelines on candidates who are being sought after to run like Chris Christie and Sarah Palin. But why?
Let’s face it, the last GOP debate didn’t impress many Americans as candidates ducked and weaved when important questions needed to be answered. I mean really, very few of them even attempted to answer the entertaining question of choosing a vice president they shared the stage with. That’s one of the things that is making this election cycle different. Americans are busy and with the rise of social media, we want our information and we want it fast. We don’t want the usual sound bites from politicians. We’ve heard them all before. Instead, tell it to us straight. With our massive deficit and jobs losses, there’s just too much on the line. After all, Americans have become wise to the fact that we were duped by Barack Obama and his likeability during the 2008 campaign and Americans want something new. Americans want straight-up answers and are sick of the establishment. Americans are looking beyond the political elite, focusing on real American candidates who will connect and resonate with them. These are candidates who haven’t had things handed to them on a silver platter. Candidates who have been in the trenches like many Americans, providing for their families, making ends meet, maintaining a budget and aren’t afraid to answer a question fearful of how they’ll be portrayed in the media. These candidates aren’t afraid to take the gloves off and actually take a stand on real issues. Right now, those potential candidates are people like Chris Christie, Sarah Palin and underdog Herman Cain.
Last night on “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren,” Sarah Palin summed up the current campaign nicely.
“I do believe that there’s a lot of entertainment value and ratings value involved in this quasi-reality show that is being created through the GOP primary at this point,” Palin said. “It’s quite fascinating. It’s interesting. A lot of viewers, a lot of readers, we don’t have time to, you know, sit in front of the TV 24 hours a day and try to get all the most important information. So you know, we’re filtering it ourselves and taking what’s important to us and making decisions based on that.”
A quasi-reality show? I don’t know about you, but I definitely see some similarities. Reality television is defined as a genre of television programming that presents purportedly unscripted dramatic or humorous situations, documents actual events, and usually features ordinary people instead of professional actors, sometimes in a contest or other situation where a prize is awarded. Hmmm, sounds a lot like a presidential campaign. The media has tried to create the drama, candidates have received their 15 minutes of fame being dubbed the flavor of the week, and the drama has been sensationalized, so that it resembles the finale of All My Children. Sure reality television is still popular, but Americans have become wise to the scripted drama. Perhaps that’s why many Americans are focusing on the candidates on the sidelines and underdogs like Herman Cain.
“He’s, I guess you could say, with all due respect, the flavor of the week because Herman Cain is the one up there who doesn’t look like he’s part of that permanent political class,” Palin added. “Herman Cain — he came from a working class family. He’s had to make it on his own all these years. We respect that.”
Americans do respect hard-working Americans who have had to bust their butt to get where they’re at. We want a candidate we can relate to, who knows the issues and problems we face every day. Americans respect Herman Cain who helped catapult Godfather’s Pizza. Americans respect Chris Christie who’s raw and tells it like it is. Americans respect Sarah Palin for getting her hands dirty on her family’s fishing boat and going rogue to tackle issues close to her heart.
You would think the smartest leaders in American politics would have figured this out by now, but unfortunately they haven’t. Americans want the real politicians to please stand up–a politician who isn’t in it for the fame and popularity, but rather someone who is focused on influencing positive change in America.
While others continue to analyze the fact that Palin has not announced what she plans to do, personally, I found it refreshing to hear Palin ponder her run based on the question, “is a title worth it?”
On “On the Record”, Palin stated, “Does a title shackle a person? Are they — someone like me, who’s a maverick — you know, I do go rogue and I call it like I see it, and I don’t mind stirring it up in order to get people to think and debate aggressively, and to find solutions to or the problems that our country is facing.Somebody like me — is a title and is a campaign too shackling? Does that prohibit me from being out there, out of a box, not allowing handlers to shape me and to force my message to be what donors or what contributors or what political pundits want it to be? Does a title take away my freedom to call it like I see it and to affect positive change that we need in this country? That’s the biggest contemplation piece in my process.”
You have to admit, that’s not your usual sound bite and as Americans we need to demand more from the quasi-reality show. Sure we thrive on the drama, but when it comes time to hit those ballot boxes, Americans want the right guy or gal in office. Not Snooki.