So many of my fans tell me the greatest thing about my newspaper columns is that I motivate them. I give them energy, enthusiasm and hope- even when things look negative and depressing for the GOP. I was born for that role.
However, I have some bad news for you. This will be the first in a series of columns about the things the tragic mistakes of the GOP. Being positive, being a cheerleader, seeing “the glass as half full” is crucial to success.
But so is facing the raw truth.
The GOP has major problems, both nationally and here in Nevada. Nevada’s GOP problems should serve as a lesson for the entire country. Don’t do what we’ve done here- or the entire country will turn blue.
Let’s start with the obvious. The Nevada GOP is a dysfunctional mess. A disaster of epic proportions. It is rudderless and listless. If this was a kidnapping, I’d demand a “sign of life.”
The next problem for the Nevada GOP is the candidates. Can I be blunt? They suck. President Trump and before him, President Reagan, proved personality is everything. Candidates need to be a combination of bigger-than-life personality, salesman, showman and entertainer. Where was that candidate?
Our candidates as a whole lacked personality, energy, enthusiasm, charisma. They lacked the basic talent of any politician- really love the people. Kiss babies, slap backs and hug voters. If you can’t do that, you have no right to run.
Where was the fire and brimstone? Where was the passion? Our Nevada GOP candidates as a whole were as exciting as watching wet paint dry.
The first rule of success is to simply show up. Collectively they get an F for effort. Here I will name names. Our two top candidates Senator Dean Heller and Gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt barely ever showed their faces in Clark County. Were they allergic to Las Vegas? Were they afraid of crowds? Don’t you like campaigning? Don’t you like meeting your own voters? If not, why did you choose to run for office?
Heller and Laxalt tried to run without showing up for work. They were like “no show” union jobs holders. Maybe it was their consultant’s fault. No matter. Someone told them you can run for statewide office without campaigning, without wearing out shoe leather. It’s a lie. It’s a pipedream. You have to be everywhere 24/7. They weren’t.
Las Vegas represents 80% of your electorate. You both needed to be here in Clark County 24/7 for a year before Election Day. Instead you were nowhere to be found.
You know who was? Steve Sisolak. I may disagree with his policies. But the guy has personality. And work ethic. The guy out-hustled you. He out-worked you. He beat you like a mule. Oh, and it’s clear to me Sisolak actually likes people. He enjoys campaigning. I may disagree with everything he stands for, but I admire how he does it. He belongs in politics. Sadly, most of our GOP candidates don’t.
Here’s the lesson. Politics is about…people. And people skills. If you don’t like people, if you don’t like slapping backs and kissing babies, don’t run.
Wait for my next column. You won’t believe the basic and tragic mistake our Nevada GOP candidates made. It can never happen again.
Wayne Allyn Root (Wayne@ROOTforAmerica.com) is host of the nationally-syndicated “WAR Now: The Wayne Allyn Root Show.” Listen from 3 to 6 p.m. daily at 790 Talk Now and watch at 5 PM on Newsmax TV- now on DirecTV and Dish. His R-J columns run Thursdays and Sundays.