My friends and I talk about political candidates who can “flow.” We have adopted the term from the early days of hip hop…”Can the M.C. flow on the mic.” Many a well-intended candidate can’t flow in the sense that the they can’t present issues and solutions in a manner that compels the electorate to action. “Can the person move the crowd.”? MC Lyte, Queen Latifah and YoYo didn’t play on the mic back in the day and YoYo (Yolanda Whittaker) is currently a community activist eyeing a congressional run.
Keith on Peanut Politics blog posted a video of Senate candidate RJ Hadley speaking in middle Georgia and I must say he can flow and is clearly an intelligent guy. During his speech he mentioned the people that think he should run for something else first. I am included among those numbers because I could see this guy really connecting with people in the right contest.
(Video: U.S. Senate Candidate R.J. Hadley)
Hadley is Ivy Leaguer like former Congresswoman Denise Majette. The congresswoman gave up her seat to run for Senate against Hadley’s opponent Johnny Isakson. Hadley can flow as well as Majette, who while intellectually brilliant had a thing about speaking on the mic. Let’s see, Isakson beat the engaging businessman Herman Cain and self-made millionaire and former congressman Mac Collins before winning over Majette, but this newcomer wants to beat the senator in this red state.
Relatively speaking, Isakson is much better than the average conservative in congress and Georgia could do much worst. The Senator’s years in Atlanta when the Democrats ran Georgia government prepared him to better deal with the two party system that most GOPers. To my centrists friends, the best argument for Isakson is the fact that the ultra-conservatives fuss at him for negotiating with all senators. That’s what senators do.
This senate race will serve as nice showcase for Hadley’s political and policy skills and the beginning of a bright political future. I just wish he were running to remove one of the bitter members of the loyal opposition.
If you are a candidate who can’t flow on the issues and the details of government, why run when a Sarah Palin, Katie Couric situation awaits you. Also, do your homework first because there are some smooth talkers who have zero substance on the mic. If you want “to be down,” step to the mic with something to say.