I am about to commit the sin of which I accuse others: talking baseball and production values instead of political substance.
The Mike Myers for Governor campaign posts video of the candidate's early announcement of his newly Independent running mate, Caitlin Collier. Here are the two videos uploaded by campaign assistant Emmett Reistroffer:
Myers has issues that I want to hear discussed in the campaign. He backs sensible hemp legislation. He wants to open up the records on the GOED/EB-5/Benda scandal. He's willing to challenge Big Money and Big Medicine. Those are all topics worth discussing.
But sloppy execution will keep us from having that conversation. Consider Myers's push-up demonstration. Early in the first video, he gets set to show his physical stamina by doing 20 push-ups in front of the assembled journalists. But he has to stall for a long minute while Emmett apparently struggles to switch on the right theme song.
Background music isn't hard. You listen for your cue from the candidate, which you coordinate clearly before the speech. You hit Play on the CD you cued up before the speech started. You crank the volume. Easy peasy.
But not for Team Myers. We wait. Myers vamps, drifts distractingly into the coming topic of hemp. The candidate waits, awkwardly poised over his table. The music isn't loud enough for the candidate to hear or to register on the video. A staged moment is lost in stalling. And to cap it off, the candidate is audibly winded when the stunt is done, and Emmett must hurry into the frame to hand the candidate a cup of water.
If you're going to do political theater, do theater right. If you're going to do push-ups, give us some Jack Palance spontaneity, and then get on with your speech.