I don’t remember the first time I got cussed at while canvassing. I know it’s happened a lot but after careful examination by my bride, I can confirm that I don’t have a single scar as a result. No blood has been lost and rigorous counseling has been unable to uncover the slightest psychological ramifications from political rejection.
The truth is that being rejected on the campaign trail sucks. Whether it’s someone wordlessly shutting the door in your face or your conservative friend telling you that they won’t donate to your campaign. None of that feels good!
If you’re running for office or directing a campaign, optimism should simply ooze out of you. It doesn’t matter to me whether polling shows you down 15 or 25 points. If you’re in the race, project enthusiasm.
If you can’t do that, drop out of the race and make your defeat official.
For all my Texas friends recovering from the Primary election last week, I hope you’re catching up on sleep and enjoying some outside time that doesn’t involve canvassing or waving signs!
Texas had the country’s first primary election this year and it was nuts. Lots of competitive seats and we’ve got a bunch of runoff elections coming up in May. So, all that to say, the fight continues for a lot of folks, but at least some of you guys are getting some sleep.
Today, we’re talking to Chris Perkins, a nationally-renowned pollster and we’ll spend time looking at the lessons from the Texas primary, what we know about the landscape for the general election and critical things you need to know about polling for your campaign.
As a former free intern, I endorse this message. The fact is that everybody wants free labor…but it’s the training and deployment where most people fail.
The biggest surprise that I found once I started hiring interns was how much work it took to find things for them to do. Let’s face it, when you get an intern, even if you’ve seen their resume, you have no idea what they’re competent with. Can they take pictures, file documents, respond to emails or is refilling the toilet paper the ONLY thing you can trust them to do right?!