John, here are some casual observations I’d like to share with you. As you are aware, I don’t know you at all, but here are some thoughts based on what I’ve seen on this site:
It goes without saying that this is a great forum for getting your message out, and that, if used correctly, it can be a tool for slowly winning people over to your side of the argument. Very few honest, right-thinking readers would say that you have NO good points; you could make those points better known, while simultaneously working on persuading people of the validity of your other stances on issues, just by appearing here regularly and laying out your case.
…in reading your posts, it appears that you are not using this forum to do that. Rather, you deal in insults which are, in my opinion, unbecoming of a man seeking public support and public office. When insults are tossed out — especially at people’s intelligence (as seen here, here, here, here, here, here, and here) — your message is effectively lost. Why waste time and energy with that, when you can be laying out your points in such a way as to help folks better understand what it is that you are trying to communicate, and why it is that you see things the way you do?
Likewise, your practice of cutting and pasting entire articles as comments (as seen here, here, here, here, here, and here) is not an effective means of informing others of your position. While linking these op-eds, journal entries, and newspaper articles may help support your point of view and your argument, using your own words rather than pasting the text of the article would be infinitely more effective at gaining support for your positions. Votes and support are not generally won by repeatedly proving that you, too, can read the paper.
While this forum can be a remarkable tool for getting your message out and for helping your image and potential candidacy, it can be an exponentially greater tool for damaging both. Few if any people want to listen to, support, or be represented by someone who obviously thinks that he is infinitely more intelligent than them. By coming across as such a person, you are not only alienating potential supporters on this site, but alienating, by extension, potential voters in your district, not only by insulting people here, but also by leaving a written record of your feelings of intellectual superiority over the “common people” here and across the state.
I hope that you will give these suggestions their due consideration. Should you decide to run again in ’08, I believe that you can use this forum as a means of building some support — IF you do not overdo things. I am not a 6th district voter, nor am I an employee of the GOP (nor do I know Bart Brannon, with whom you appear to have a long-standing feud); thus, I “have no dog in this fight,” as they say. However, I not only support the involvement of all who wish to constructively contribute to the political system — whether it be through voting, volunteering, donating, or running for public office –- but, as a conservative first, and Republican second, I welcome candidates and ideologues from outside the system, and respect them “throwing their hat in the ring