Pull a Pappy

October 18, 2012

“People like that reform. Maybe we should get us some.”

Truer words have never been spoken in a campaign. In this case, Governor Pappy O’Daniel is trailing challenger Homer Stokes in his reelection bid, so much that he suggests (ironically?) composing his concession speech weeks before the election.

His quandary is… How can you get reform when you’re the incumbent? Obama is in the same predicament. People like that reform, and he doesn’t seem to be the one to give it to them. And as the erstwhile Homer Stokes shows, nothing says “reform” to a disenchanted electorate more than a broom and a dwarf.

But there’s always room for a little reform, even in the most weathered incumbency.

Pappy O'Daniel in O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Obama needs to pull a Pappy. It sounds dirty, I know, but there are a couple things to remember to get some of the RE-form.

1. People like music. And they don’t like people telling them what music to listen to.

2. Reform, at least the reform people vote for, isn’t an action. It’s a feeling. Homer Stokes felt new, even though he was a Grand Wizard of the KKK (which means he was reform in the wrong direction). You got to feel the reform. And you might have to dance for it.

Pappy O'Daniel in O Brother, Where Are Thou?

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