Run as the leader for all the states, not just those you win
Originally published on BuzzFlash.com on Thu, 02/14/2008 – 11:28am
One of the most difficult tasks in the history of modern government is truly making sure the United States of America are united. People in the South (some of whom I count as my relatives) look at Northerners rather strangely sometimes. Those in North Dakota can’t always relate to those in San Francisco.
But if you are running for president of these United States, especially given the current occupier who doesn’t have a concept of people who don’t agree with him, you have to embrace all the states.
The latest faux pas is from Clinton chief strategist Mark Penn: “Could we possibly have a nominee who hasn’t won any of the significant states — outside of Illinois?”
Here is a list of the states Obama has won so far: Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia, and Washington. Oh, and the District of Columbia.
Attention Mark Penn: all these states are significant, they are all important because they are Americans, and they can all vote in November.
Just so we’re clear, this isn’t just about Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Barack Obama’s treatment of Michigan and Florida, two crucial bellwether states, was deplorable.
In a 50-state strategy, Obama or Clinton will have to spend an extraordinary amount of time in Michigan and Florida, and it still may not be enough.
Now, you can bring up strategy that says there are certain states that a Democratic candidate won’t win in November and other states that a Republican candidate won’t win in November. But Democratic and Republican candidates will win votes in all 50 states.
The American people are looking for a president who can cross over and be a leader to all Americans. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton can be that leader. But they first need to truly understand that all Americans count.