Partying Campaigning Like It’s 1999 1899*

Maybe 25th U.S. President William McKinley had it right:  forget the ennui and tedium of modern political campaigns — the years-long scrounging for campaign cash; repetitive debates; blathery “Town Halls”; etc.

Instead, candidates should steal a page from McKinley’s playbook:  campaign from their front porch.

A virtual, 21st-century porch.

19th Century Politics, 21st Century Technology

Thanks to modern technology such as Skype, video conferencing, and streaming, high-speed Internet, candidates can reach veritable millions without ever leaving home.

And they should.

If the world is as parlous a place as all the candidates say it is, why on earth are they — the supposed elite of this country’s leadership — spending literally years of their lives campaigning for office?  See also, “Running for President (& Running & Running).”

Instead of working to solve said problems.

Plan B:  3-Step Program

The alternative to such a silly, dilatory (and corrupt) process?

A focused, serious national discussion.

Perhaps something like this 3-step approach: 

Step #1:  declare a 90-day campaign period (isn’t that similar to the U.K’s?);

Step #2:  Dedicate a big slice of the PUBLIC spectrum, temporarily, for all the serious candidates to be heard.  See, “Capitalists and (Political) Campaigns.”

Voila!  No more corrupting political cash (see, “Proposal:  Whomever Raises the Most Money Wins.  Literally“).  

Step #3:  Pick the best candidate.

Too Short?

While a modern presidential campaign should be short, it shouldn’t be too short.

The optimal duration?

Just long enough to winnow out the Ross Perot’s and Herman Cain’s — political flashes-in-the-pan who didn’t hold up to extended scrutiny.

P.S.:  I suppose in the case of now-disgraced former Senator and Presidential candidate Jon Edwards, that would argue for a very long campaign, indeed (Edwards managed to hide an affair and out-of-wedlock child with his “videographer” for quite some time).

 *The year McKinley famously campaigned for reelection from his Ohio front porch was 1900, not 1899.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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