BY BRIAN MCLAUGHLIN – TLI

Remember in 2008 and 2012, when Ron Paul would speak during the Republican debates and your head was caught in non-stop nod mode?

And remember also thinking: Gosh, what if along with this awesome message his delivery was a crisp 95 MPH fastball instead of this quirky 49 MPH knuckleball that darts to and fro?

That’s how I felt last night.

Funny thing is, though, that 49 MPH knuckleball can strike people out too. Some people may think it’s not as sexy as the standard fastball, but it still gets across the plate. It just does it in a more unique fashion. OK, enough of the sports metaphors.

Last night’s Johnson/Weld delivery wasn’t perfect, but the message was on point. They got the word out, and there’s no denying these two have a record that’s appealing. Weld was solid and a huge help, Gov. Johnson needs to get better … and he will. Everybody improves. I still like his style, which is upfront, honest and sometimes downright unpredictable. And let’s face it, why would anybody think the alternative is better than these two?

But Johnson can’t get caught “deer in the headlights” style in the next go around. Everything that was asked last night was relatively normal stuff. The answer on Heroin was extraordinarily rough around the edges. We as LPs have to be ready for that question … our candidates have to be ready and we as espousers of this movement will get asked this.

Let’s face it, we’re all in a Town Hall setting right now. We’re all on the debate stage. Friends, family and strangers want to know about this 3rd option, and they also want every single possible reason to crawl right back to the comfy political hole they currently reside in. They may agree with 9 out of 10 topics, then that 10th topic is the reason they go back to the Democrat or Republican dark side. The known is always more comfy than the unknown, and that’s what has gotten us “here”. We all have to be ready to answer those tough questions-who are we? Why are we here? What do we represent?

That’s why nights like last night are so darned important. Delivery IS a part of the game. We have to all get a little bit better at that.

The good news is we’re going to get a lot more shots at this, and all of this started in May and June and not in September.

Here we go!

 

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