Patrick Chamusso

I am struggling. I must admit.

I had drank the Kool-Aid. (actually it was Flavoraid that the Jonetown Massacre folks drank.. but you get the picture if I use Kool-Aid.)

I was a full-on Newsom supporter. I  believed in the man and what he was doing for the world. I had heard, sure, all the personality quirks.. his lack of close persona friends.. all the gossip that goes with being in office.  I still believed so much in what he was doing.

I was disgusted when the news came out. it is awful having an affair. Worse to have it with a friend’s wife. Worse to work with they guy and have everyone on staff know about it than the guy. Let’s ignore that for a second. Let’s assume we can remove the chip in our brain that gives a damn about that disloyalty.

To be that stupid. To do something that removes the greatest ally for a campaigh: the campaign chair. Now that is dumb.

I struggle. i believe in what Newsom has done for our city. Yet, he lacks integrity in his personal life.

So I have been thinking of voting for someone else. Someone with a stronger moral compass.  I hate these decisions we must make.  YES, I have made mistakes in my life.  We all have.   I categorize a mistake as rear-ending a person’s car….

Then I read about Patrick Chamusso. About a man who stumbled ethically in his marriage and embraced forgiveness.  He had another child with a woman in the same village and did not tell his wife about it.  Then he went on to help end the system of Apartheid and showed an incredible level of forgiveness. 

Does a stumble in our personal life impact our ability to do great things in the world?

Look what Chamusso man did… how him moved a nation… how he embraced forgiveness for those who tortured those he loved during Apartheid.

And to his wife, he was the worst offender.  And she to him.

I am troubled by this situation.  How to think it through and sustaining judgment.  Can a politician be vile at home and still be a fantastic leader? 

And the Academy goes to: The Media!

I am undecided. I am leaning toward one candidate yes- though still undecided.

On Friday I had the pleasure of watching Senator Clinton speak to roughly 1000 people. As I was sitting in the second row, I was able to film the entire speech. (Yes, I am always working.)

I will be the first to admit Obama wins in the “inspire-off” contest. Senator Clinton wins hands-down in the knowledge competition. She took questions from the crowd and had statistics and facts galore. She even had some funny things to say to the crowd when answering questions.

We want her to be funny don’t we? The American people like funny.

What she is ? Intellectual. Smart. Direct. Erudite. Each of her answers was backed in fact and explanation.

What I read on the front page of the Chronicle did not at all describe the event I attended. Why does the Media hate Hillary Clinton? They wrote about her ignoring the Code Pink protesters. She did not ignore them. They were BEHIND her and she didn’t see them. When they were on the side and started chanting End the War, she said, “Yes, I agree, we must end the war.” 

Additionally, she made a joke (she is doing that more often now) about her humorous quip about her husband.  An audience member asked her what role her husband would play in the Whitehouse.  She said she would continue the longstanding tradition of using past presidents in roles of diplomacy. 

The Chronicle made it sound like her entire plan was to use her husband in the Whitehouse.  Thank god for YouTube and blogging to set the record straight.

She did a fantastic job taking questions from the crowd.. even the venture capitalist specializing in medical innovation who was worried about universal health care destroying medicine and the economy. Clinton was on point and smart.

Roughly 9% of humans LOVE this style of speaking. LOVE LOVE LOVE it. Policy wonks they call them. I am worried. Senator Clinton may be the best person for the job… She will not get elected if she can not inspire the audience.

91% of audiences make their decisions on the success of a talk.. of a person.. by the level of goosebumps they receive. The problem in politics is most of the people coaching the candidates are in the 9%.. they just do not get it.

I am in the 9%.  I realize though that most of of us want the goosebumps.  Okay, I want the goosebumps too.  I started crying as soon as Forest Gump started running.  Still tear up just thinking about it.

Policy + Personal Connection + Inspiration = Voter Adhesion. 

Do the math.   🙂