You Gotta Be Crazy In Your Head

Politics can make people do crazy things. Just look at the events of the past year and you have all the evidence you need that you have to be out of your ever-loving mind to seek the office of President of the United States.

Running for office makes you say things you would otherwise never say, it makes you do things you would never dream of doing, and it makes you wish you could remember all the bad things you have done before the press finds out about them.

It all starts with the primaries, where things start out quite civil but turn nasty real quick. Then, before too long, you find yourself praising the very people you were denouncing as satan worshippers just a few months earlier in the campaign.

If you make it past the primaries, things get even more insane. In fact, the best you can do is hold on tight and enjoy the ride.

There’s an old saying that you can’t win if you don’t play. When you’re running for President of the United States you cannot win if you don’t campaign. You must play the game. If you aren’t willing to go out there and give it your all, you’re just not going to win. In fact, if you don’t get your name out there, you will never have a chance, no matter how insane you are.

As the primaries fade off into the distance, most candidates spend a lot of time in “battleground” states trying to convice voters that they are the best choice for the job. If they know they are carrying a state, they usually don’t waste their time (or money) appearing there. If they know they have already lost the state, they don’t even consider making an appearance. At this point in the race, every appearance, every moment in front of the camera, should be spent trying to convince the public that you should be taking that oath of office in front of the American people on inauguration day.

So, if you were running for President with just 15 days left before the election, where would you find yourself? If you are a serious contender for the presidency, you are sure to be in battleground state getting your name (and your face) out there in front of the voters.

Today, John McCain was campaigning in Missouri and Sarah Palin was in Colorado after appearing on Saturday Night Live over the weekend. Barack Obama was in Florida, and Joe Biden was somewhere recovering from being Joe Biden. But where were the third party candidates? I couldn’t find where Bob Barr was today, but he will be in New Hampshire tomorrow, and Cynthia McKinney spoke on Saturday in front of a small group of supporters in Atlanta, where her name won’t even appear on the ballot.

You have to be crazy to want to be President and you have to be insane before you ever step into that ring.