The nominating game isn’t over by any means, but should the current two 2016 Presidential frontrunners, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, have trouble maintaining their status in the second-half of the Primary season against rivals Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz, and as it is Friday, perhaps some Human Resource suggestions might be in order.
Many have left the contest, of course, the most recent Republican candidate being Marco Rubio, as noted over at NBCnews by Chuck Todd, Mark Murray and Carrie Dann. As they describe it in their report, “[t]he Republican establishment gets knocked down” as Rubio drops out and the “#NeverTrump effort lost badly.”
So, while the race for the White House continues, here would be some humble HR (Human Resource) suggestions, not just for Trump, but for Clinton, Cruz and Sanders as well. Remember, people want to know what sort of leader a candidate would be. (Please behave like someone we can all trust with our lives.)
1. Knock off the un-presidential conduct. Early on, perhaps in the effort to intimidate other candidates, potential voters deemed Donald Trump to be some sort of a “misogynistic” jerk after making public comments on rival candidate Carly Fiorina. Fiorina then defended herself, calling Trump “[i]nsulting, offensive and outrageous.” Now Fiorina has endorsed rival Ted Cruz, and signage has appeared suggesting a Cruz/Fiorina ticket.
It seems others are now also backing Cruz (see Yahoo/Reuters story) against Trump because of the un-Presidential remarks made. Before reporters in DC, Senator Lindsey Graham stated this: “If we give the banner of the Republican party to Donald Trump, we tarnish it maybe forever. That might be the end of the Republican party as I know it.”
2. Expect more scrutiny. Do not misstate facts. Nik DeCosta-Klipa writing over at Bostoncom notes the tension created over the content of Hillary Clinton’s past paid speeches to Wall Street firms. Senator Elizabeth Warren does not want to weigh in on the matter with a yes or no answer on the issue of releasing the transcripts of those Clinton remarks.
In another report, perhaps it was simply a misstatement recently, but Eliza Collins notes in her blog over at Politico that “Hillary Clinton on Monday defended the intervention in Libya that she championed as secretary of state, telling MSNBC’s Chris Matthews that the United States ‘didn’t lose a single person.'”
As Collins states: “Clinton may have been referring strictly to the U.S.-backed overthrow of Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi in 2011, which indeed saw no loss of American lives and cost just around $1 billion. But her comments ignore the 2012 attacks at the U.S. mission and CIA outpost in Benghazi, which killed four people including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.”
One particular Federal Bureau of Investigation is an issue. and soon, per the story by David A. Graham in theAtlantic. “Clinton is effectively fighting a two-front war.,” writes Graham. “On one side, she’s running a political campaign for president. On the other, she’s working to defend herself against charges of wrongdoing in the email investigation, since criminal charges could effectively doom her campaign. The latest developments in the email case come just as things were starting to look good on the political side—Clinton has hit her stride in recent primaries and seems to have a solid edge over Bernie Sanders, her rival for the Democratic nomination.”
3. Stop faking pictures, stories about rivals. Over at theHill, it was reported by Jesse Byrnes that staff working for Ted Cruz was accused by Marco Rubio’s staff of having “photoshopped” a picture. The intent seemed to be suggesting that Rubio should not be trusted by GOP voters.
In a story over at theDailybeast, writer Gideon Resnick wrote about the Cruz campaign’s mail out of “a questionable mailer.” The mailer looked to be “shaming” Iowa voters into attending the Iowa Caucuses. Quoted in the story is the Secretary of State Paul Pate: “Today I was shown a piece of literature from the Cruz for President campaign that misrepresents the role of my office, and worse, misrepresents Iowa election law. Accusing citizens of Iowa of a ‘voting violation’ based on Iowa Caucus participation, or lack thereof, is false representation of an official act. There is no such thing as an election violation related to frequency of voting. Any insinuation or statement to the contrary is wrong and I believe it is not in keeping in the spirit of the Iowa Caucuses.”
Also, after becoming the victim of “dirty tricks,” as reported in USAtoday, Dr. Ben Carson endorsed Donald Trump over Cruz. Carson criticized the Cruz camp of using “shameless tactics and dirty political plays,” telling people that Dr. Carson was dropping out of the race. “There is no place for this kind of unethical behavior in our American political culture, and it only intensifies my desire to work extremely hard to break down the ugliness in this system,” he was quoted as stating.
4. Don’t threaten other elected officials.
Even if someone, an elected official who portends to be such a gentleman candidate, wishes to take on what he sees as evil people, please do not resort to threats. It leaves the impression of unsuitability for office. It reduces some voters to believing now there are two candidates who cannot control their mouths. Reports have come forth regarding the visit of Jan Sanders to Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s tent city (see NYTimes adn aslo the story at MSNBC.)
In something which sounds like a threat, here is what happened per Rebekah L. Sanders, of TheArizonaRepublic, quoted in USAToday: “The U.S. senator from Vermont said Arpaio’s arrests of undocumented immigrants, often separating families, were ‘outrageous and unconscionable. It’s easy for bullies like Sheriff Arpaio to pick on people who have no power. If I am elected president — the president of the United States does have power. So watch out, Joe.”
In response, Arpaio took to Twitter:
Sanders threatening me? Sanders said “If I’m elected Pres of US I Will have power and Watch Out, Joe”. I’m not concrnd, Sndrs won’t be Pres.
— Joe Arpaio (@RealSheriffJoe) March 18, 2016