Tuesday, July 19, 2016
In Defense Of The Professionals
With the Donald Drumpf campaign continuing to embarrass itself, we cats keep thinking about the movie "The Remains of the Day." And not just because we pine for a "Remains of the Day" lunchbox (although we do).
It's because with everything going on with the Republican Party, we are constantly reminded of Christopher Reeve's "Remains" dinner speech. In the film, he tells the assembled guests — including Nazis, who are attending the 1930s "peace conference" as a nefarious ruse — "You are all amateurs."
Indeed, Reeve's character was right, since England and Germany and the rest of the world soon plunged into war. But that "amateur" line has stuck with us.
Why? Because what we're witnessing on the Republican side this Presidential election year is this: The Trumps are making fools of themselves, because they don't know campaigns, and they don't know what they're doing. If Drumpfmania 2016 Day One isn't proof of that, we don't know what is.
Sure, a lot of Americans hate politicians, and are frustrated with government (except when they collect Social Security or use Medicare). And they think that politics is repulsive and dirty. But we cats are here to say that planning and managing competent political campaigns — whether for city manager, county commissioner or President of the United States — is a profession.
There are people who know the right way to do things — like registering voters, coordinating events, managing issues, writing and vetting speeches, organizing, phone banking, canvassing, fundraising, getting out the vote and, if need be, recounting. There are right ways of doing these things, and there are wrong ways. First among the wrong ways: not doing them.
So let's stop this romance with the idea that the Drumpfs can come in and rewrite all the rules, shall we? Because if anything revealed them to be the men behind the curtains that they are, it was the disastrous first day of the 2016 Republican convention. We cats PURR.