Live Drunkblogging from the Claremont Hotel Bar: Watching the sunset over San Francisco Bay out the big picture windows. My drinking companions have gone. I am not yet drunk enough to have forgotten that I shouldn't blog drunk. But I have drunk enough that I do not care. In other words, I have had one Lagunitas "Little Sumpin Extra" ale. (Hey: cut me a break1! It's 17 proof! And lots of it!~)
Bring on a Third-Party Candidate: "I have spent the past two decades in the Washington, D.C., bubble...:
...the heart of Establishment America--covering politics and building a company, Politico, focused solely on politics. But I’ve also spent a lot of time in my hometown of Oshkosh, Wis., and my adopted hometown of Lincoln, Maine, two blue-collar towns in the heart of Normal America.
Let's stop right there:
It should read:
I’ve also spent
a lot of time in my hometown of Oshkosh, Wis., and my adopted hometown of a little time visiting relatives in Oshkosh, Wis. and some time five miles away from Lincoln, Maine, two blue-collar towns in the heart of Normal America...
Here are my two big takeaways: Normal America is right that Establishment America has grown fat, lazy, conventional and deserving of radical disruption...
Translation: I know I should have read Clayton Christensen, but I haven't, so I have not a clue what "radical disruption" means. Nor have I spent any serious time in Silicon Valley, or even in secondary high-tech hubs like Vienna, VA.
And the best, perhaps only way to disrupt the establishment is by stealing a lot of Donald Trump’s and Bernie Sanders’s tricks and electing a third-party candidate.... Only an outside force can knock Washington out of its governing rut—and the presidency is the only place with the power to do it...
I will skip to the insane end:
Why not recruit Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg or Sheryl Sandberg to head a third-party movement? Maybe we can convince Michael Bloomberg to help fund the movement with the billions he planned to spend on his own campaign--and then recruit him to run Treasury and advise the president. I will even throw out a possible name for the movement: The Innovation Party. Who is against innovation, especially when winning campaigns are almost always about the future? All it needs is a candidate.
Anyone who thinks Mark Zuckerberg has the skill set to be president hasn't been paying attention. MZ has many strenghts--but they're not those that a good president needs.
And I'm sober enough to know that I should stop. Will someone else pick it up?