On to the Next Step
Based on the approving comments we received yesterday regarding our draft of five policy questions — and an overwhelming lack of disagreement about those questions — we have now moved on to the second step; namely, posing these questions to the presidential candidates.
A friend and former colleague who worked on Senator Kerry’s campaign in 2004 and served previously in the Clinton Administration has offered to help with outreach to key staffers on the campaigns of the D’s. She warns that, while some will certainly be willing to respond, we may not get immediate answers. Excerpting from her email …
“One delay you may run into is that Presidential campaigns are just establishing their policy structure and are reluctant to respond back in writing on issues that will put them ‘on the record,’ especially since they havenâ€™t completely worked through their ‘presidential policy process.’ I know that seems weird since most of these people are currently elected officials with a history on most of the issues covered (in your list) – itâ€™s just how the beast works.”
Learn something new every day, I guess.
I also have a few contacts on the R side that I’ll start reaching out to, but if any TMV contributors, editors, or readers have good R connections, let me know; we’d welcome the assistance.
(Odd, isn’t it, that as a former R, I actually have better contacts with the D’s? It’s like college all over again. An English lit major, I tended to hang out primarily with engineers and physicists. Of course, back then, we had a common language: beer. Can’t say the same today.)