I’m old enough to remember when congressmen and senators were expected to spend several hours every day calling prospective donors and begging for money to finance their campaigns. Now it’s done electronically on the Internet and I literally get hundreds of requests for donations every week.
I recognize that it costs money to run a campaign and to advertise on behalf of the candidates. Competition is keen and you can tell a good story or a lie, as the case may be, as well as the next person on TV. But I remember well the campaigns where presidential candidates did whistle-stop train tours of small towns and cities across the nation — talking directly to the people about why they should vote for him.
Maybe that’s why I admire someone like Beto O’Rourke, who has personally taken his campaign to the people throughout Texas who ultimately must decide who will be their senator. I’m sure he’s had some hard questions thrown at him and voters have every right to expect an honest answer in return. But he did it face to face with voters throughout the state.
On the other hand, I think it’s disgraceful that President Donald Trump, who made blasphemous statements about Sen. Ted Cruz, his wife and father during the presidential campaign, now goes to Texas to campaign for Cruz — and Cruz, in effect, embraces him!
I thank God every day that I’m not a politician. I’d hate to think I’d have to kiss someone’s ass every day to win an election — no matter how bad I wanted to win. There are some things you just can’t live with if you have any self-respect.