Category Archives: Campaign

Adrenaline Rush

I love elections.  And, I love this photo of the Senator that was taken the day his opponent dropped out of the race.  It speaks volumes to me.

If the Senator were on the ballot, I would be five pounds thinner, losing hair and extraordinarily sleep deprived.  Adrenaline would be my constant companion.  I miss you adrenaline.  Come back and see me sometime!

I have written about some of the crazy things that happen during a campaign.  But, only some of them.  I am saving the good stuff for a book because it is ever so worthy of being published.  Unless you have ever been directly involved in a political campaign…. you have no idea how crazy it gets.  T-R-U-S-T me!  The negative ads you see on television are only the tip of the iceberg.  So much takes place behind the scenes that would make your jaw drop.

I do cherish the fact that we can hire and fire our elected officials at the ballot box, and I think we are going to see a lot of that today.   Peggy Noonan, one of my favorite pundits,  wrote a great article about the mood of the electorate and focused her attention on a particular congressional race in New Jersey.  I’ll be watching that one.  In the meantime, I am going to go vote… and you should too!

SW

Making a Difference

I just wanted to share with you what I think is the best campaign ad in support of an outstanding Oklahoma candidate for probably the most important elected position this cycle in Oklahoma: State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

I know, I know….I am getting all political.  But, Oklahoma is not known for it’s awesome public schools.  Yes, we have some schools that are blue ribbon winners.  However, they are significantly outnumbered by those which are not.  I won’t get into why I think the status of public education in Oklahoma is suffering, but it is not due to a lack of funds.  Education received roughly 56% of the state’s budget last year, and that is not inclusive of the millions of dollars in revenue generated from the state’s lottery system.  Seriously, money is not the issue.
Oklahoma has a choice this election cycle to vote for a candidate who has made significant positive changes to a broken educational system and touched the lives of many Oklahoma children. Clearly, she is making a difference.

This ad, the best in my opinion, reflects that.

http://www.youtube.com/v/_-o_EUq_B64?fs=1&hl=en_US

Next Tuesday is an election day.  I would encourage you to get out and vote!

SW

A Different Perspective

Much is being made out of a comment from a gubernatorial debate last week in Oklahoma where the two candidates running for Governor are female.  This election is historic in the sense that one of them will serve as the first female Governor of Oklahoma.

I know, I know….we are a little late to that dance.  However, seeing that we were the 46th state to enter the Union, I think we can take a ‘hall pass’ on that one!

None the less, during this particular debate both women- who have campaigned as conservatives (no surprise there – after all, we are in Oklahoma) were asked what sets them apart.  How were they different from one another?

The now infamous comment that followed has sparked a debate….and one you can read about here and here.

It was also on The View yesterday.

http://cdn.media.theview.tv/embedded_player/2.6.3/SFP_Walt.swf

And, Good Morning America this morning.  No secret that this hot topic is being discussed all across the country.  But, I ask you, does it really matter that one of the candidates is married with children and the other isn’t?

I’m not sure.  I can only speak for myself when I say that my perspective about life was much different before I met the Senator and we started our family.  Prior to motherhood I know I looked at the world differently. I was all about me, trying to succeed.  I had an important job, my own apartment, a fun social life, and I even managed to volunteer in the community.  I had no cares, no one else to worry about, no one else to take care of… just me.  Politically,  I wanted to save the world, fight for the underdog and let government take care of everyone else.  Commendable?  Sure.

Now, I worry about the world and how each critical issue will impact our family and my children’s future.  I still manage to volunteer in the community, but I have less free time.  Politically, I know that people seem to solve more problems than any government. I mean, that’s what moms do on a daily basis, right?  Solve problems…..

So, does being a wife and mother affect how I look at things?  Definitely.

Does having children ever sway my political beliefs?  Absolutely!  Having a family has made me more responsible, accountable and protective of my surroundings because I have a vested interest in their future.

Does it make me a better person?  I don’t know.  I can say that I care much less about myself and my own personal self-interests, and more about what happens to my husband, our children and the world around us.  Am I more compassionate?  Maybe….but in a different way and about different things.

Does being a wife and mother make me more qualified to serve in public office? I don’t think so.
 It just provides a different perspective…..that’s all.