the single greatest disability: fear.

i was at a meeting the other night when i fell into a conversation. we got to talking about politics and the fact that i was running against ron paul came up. she couldn’t get over the fact that i would “put myself out there” and take a chance on “failing in front of everyone.”

later i was talking to another person in the room and overheard that same woman saying that she worked for the district attorney or something. i couldn’t help but chuckle a bit. she is a prosecutor and i am the brave one?

it got me reflecting on the fact that fear is such a great robber of potential…and it isn’t until you experience those things in life that you truly SHOULD fear that you realize how much time is wasted on being afraid of things that don’t really matter.

conquering fear is difficult, but the best way to do it is to imagine the consequences of failure and weigh them against the value of success. if i come up short in the election will my kids get cancer? will i be forced to unplug someone from a life support system? will i sustain a head or spinal cord injury? will i die filled with the poison of regret?

no. if i fail i am still an innovator. i am still a friend. i am still a dad.


why we fight.

political campaigns start with one man or one woman. but that person makes a connection, and that person makes a connection, and on election day we go to the polls and we all count the connections. it is a great way to decide who is going to run things primarily because the alternative usually results in bloodshed.

i have an unusual perspective in the process. i am currently a beginning and an end point. i am the starting point in my campaign, and i am an end point in another race.

the key to being effective in politics is to understand your value to the connectors in between you and the starting point. sometimes those connectors need money. sometimes the connectors need you to sit at a table and hand out name tags. sometimes they need you to make phone calls. but if you have half a lick a sense, an instinct for timing, and are fearless, you can meaningfully participate in a political campaign. to me, that is the miracle of the American political process.

which brings me to the message i have for both my campaign as well as the campaign of a certain senator:
this is not about winning. other people in the system can trade on that truth. but we are in the ring because our heart tells us that this is the best man in the race. we don’t get in the ring to back a winner. we stand in the ring because we are with the guy who our heart tells us SHOULD win.

Rudy made an interesting comment in the last debate. “I respect Senator McCain. I just think I am the better candidate.”
And you know what. He might be right. But the smart money knows the best candidate in the race is Thompson. He is awesome. The guy is really on Reagan’s and Clinton’s level.
But the question is not who is the better politician. The question you must ask your heart is, “who is the better man?” you must then choose to fight for what your heart knows is right.

i have listened to my heart and i will answer the question:

why do we fight?
because we are right.

pep talks, mccain, vision, cynicism

today was national call in day for senator mccain’s presidential campaign. a certain ace fundraiser set up a call center downtown and a number of us attempted to raise money for the senator. i called probably one-hundred people and raised an ASTRONOMICAL amount of money…ok, maybe not astronomical…maybe i did so poorly that i decided to increase my primary contribution…so i guess in the end, the system really does work.

one of the people i called was a campaign consultant who i see from time to time at other events. somehow we got into a conversation about working in politics professionally versus doing it because you actually believe in someone or something. having worked in politics for both love and money, i can say that doing it out of love is way more fun. when my paycheck depended on it, i viewed the system much more cynically for some reason.

best pep talk of the day: “Get your @** back to work!”

best response to the question “what do you do for a living?”: “retired.” translation: “i am really, really rich.”

most interesting insider fact: the senator got on the conference call at the end of the day and reported that his wife sustained a shopping-related knee injury. yeah, i don’t get it either.

go mccain!

townhall interview

Here is an interview I did last month for Town Hall.

Hope everyone is having a great day!