Politics is like war. Politicians engage in a battle with other politicians, hoping the other one will make more mistakes.
Looking back to January, I see five big mistakes. Singly, no one mistake caused me to fall behind Barack Obama in the primary delegate contest. Added together, all five put me in a less than desirable position. It’s like when Bill pins me to the carpet. I can snarl, and snap, and spit, and bite. But I still get pinned.
#1 – I did not understand the mood of the voters. They truly wanted change and I just look like a current politician. I could have said I’m for change, but many would not have believed me anyway.
#2 – It is important to follow rules and I didn’t do that. We had information and video about Barack Obama’s minister even before the Iowa caucuses. The rules of engagement say you do whatever it takes to bring down any opponent. I didn’t do it.
#3 – Who knew the caucus states would be so important this year. An election is an election, right? Wrong. Not if it’s a caucus election which, so far as I can tell, are really grass roots activists, obsessive compulsives who want to control the electoral process. I should have paid attention to what was going on. When I make it to the White House you can be sure the next election will NOT have caucus votes in any state.
#4 – Money. It’s all green to me. So why is their new money and old money, and why didn’t I hear about all the new money a long time ago? Everything we have came from what is called old money; my cherished Rolodex of Hollywood bigwigs. Somehow, in this crazy new economy we live in, there’s a lot more new money than old money. Who knew?
#5 – I knew going in that the election season was going to be long, but I didn’t expect it to last longer than Iowa and New Hampshire. Instead, I kept losing, and that just made the election season longer and longer. Who has the money to finance a long primary campaign? Not even Mitt Romney could afford to go the distance and he’s worth 10 times as much as Bill and me.
Woulda, coulda, shoulda. I should write a book.