Maybe there is something wrong with me. But I really do not get the endorsement-mania this cycle has become.
I can understand Deal and Handel racking up endorsements and I am perfectly fine with that. If Speaker Gingrich, Governor Palin, and Tito Puente want to endorse a candidate for Governor – that is perfectly fine.
What draws my eye and my ire is when I see things like this in the AJC:
Christian activist Sadie Fields was siding with state Sen. John Douglas of Social Circle – rather than fellow Christian activist Tim Echols — in the Republican runoff for state Public Service Commission.
Echols, who last year was campaign manager for John Oxendine’s gubernatorial campaign, has been conducting a consumer-oriented campaign for the statewide seat.
Echols sent a note reminding the Insider that he has received endorsements from Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Dan Becker of Georgia Right to Life, and Randy Hicks, president of the Georgia Family Council — among others.
What in the blue blazes does Bobby Jindal know about Georgia’s PSC? GRTL cares about PSC? Is there some conspiracy by the power companies to cause people to become barren that I have not been informed about? I knew I should have never ceased wearing my tinfoil hat.
I’m being crass and sarcastic, if you failed to get the memo. But really – have we gone too far with the whole endorsement thing? High profile races I can see the benefit of dropping big names. It has helped the two Republican candidates for Governor this year no doubt. And for policymakers I can see the need and room for groups like GRTL, NRA, etc to endorse candidates – they do make policy after all. But when Tyler runs for City Council in a town of 700 people, does he need the endorsement of the Republican Liberty Caucus? At that level can he actually do anything relevant to that group? Would it help him at all to ride on the coattails of Ron Paul?
Maybe I’m jaded. Do these endorsements really matter that much to you guys? That is an honest question.