Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Mitch Daniels' Preposterous Spin: "The Charisma of Competence"

Gov. Mitch Daniels
The most truly ridiculous attempt at political spin that I have lately heard was uttered by political consultant, Dan Proft, Sunday on the WLS-AM "Beyond the Beltway" program.

Proft was touting the virtues of Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels as a possible GOP Presidential candidate. The Hoosier exudes, "The charisma of competence," Proft gushed.

That is what's called trying to put the best face on a glaring political liability.

The 2nd term Governor and former G.H.W.Bush  Director of the Office of Management and Budget is arguably the most personally uninspiring, boring and milquetoasty of the 7 dwarfs currently mentioned as 2012 GOP prospects.

In Proft's defense, he was merely regurgitating the line used by George Will in introducing Daniels to the 2011 CPAC. And Will, in turn lifted the line from an obscure North Dakota historian who was trying to put the best face on an obscure North Dakota Governor named Bill Guy.

The "charisma of competence" seems to have become the budding Daniels campaign's favored line to try and spin away the fact that, in a telegenic age, they are saddled with a short, balding, pasty-faced candidate. Even worse, Daniels is anything, but a spellbinder.
Dukakis at his goofiest

The last candidate to run for President with a competence pitch was Michael Dukakis, the 1988 Democratic nominee, who was at the time the governor of Massachusetts. "This election isn't about ideology. It's about competence," he said.

Dukakis, short, funny looking and anything but a spellbinder, carried 10 states and the District of Columbia.
Dewey "The man on the wedding cake"

Half a century earlier, the three term, highly effective Governor of New York, Thomas E. Dewey, touted his competence in two GOP Presidential bids. Short, funny looking (like the man on top of the wedding cake, they said) and anything but a spellbinder, he lost twice.

As unfortunate as it may be, Americans today expect genuine charisma, dynamism and excitement from their Head-of-State and Commander-in-Chief.

They expect competence from their civil engineers and tax accountants.


  1. Charisma of competence? What a lame line! What the heck does that even mean? Lame. LOL

    Clearly they're missing the obvious. If someone has charisma, others don't need to be told.


  2. I didn't think of that.

    Maybe we should just become like England with a ceremonial King for Head of State functions and a Prime Minister to do the gritty work.

  3. The Eli Lilly *Viva Zyprexa" scam occurred 1996-2003 so Mitch Daniels was 4 years in the thick of it.
    Eli Lilly Zyprexa can cause diabetes I took Zyprexa a powerful Lilly schizophrenic drug for 4 years it was prescribed to me off-label for post traumatic stress disorder was ineffective costly and gave me diabetes.
    Eli Lilly's #1 cash cow Zyprexa drug sale $40 billion dollars so far,has a ten times greater risk of causing type 2 diabetes over the non-user of Zyprexa. So,here we have a conflict of interest that this same company also is a big profiteer of diabetes treatment.
    FIVE at FIVE
    The Zyprexa antipsychotic drug,whose side effects can include weight gain and diabetes, was sold for "children in foster care, people who have trouble sleeping, elderly in nursing homes."
    Five at Five was the Zyprexa sales rep slogan, meaning 5mg dispensed at 5pm would keep patients quiet.
    Google * Eli Lilly Zyprexa * and read the links. I took Zyprexa it gave me diabetes and was as addictive as tobacco.How so? Because withdrawal is accompanied by severe insomnia for 6 weeks.
    -- Daniel Haszard Zyprexa Whistle-blower


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