Henry McMaster’s video on the Water War with N.C.

You know, it occurs to me: How am I going to get people, especially political types, to buy ads on my blog (once I start offering ads on my blog) when I go ahead and put there promotional material on the blog for free? The video above being a case in point.

Well, I don’t know. But I’ll keep sharing stuff like this whenever I have something to say about it.

And what I have to say about this is: It’s a huge improvement over his initial campaign video, but still leaves much to be desired.

It’s an improvement because it isn’t a naked play on partisan resentment. In the earlier video, he blamed unemployment in South Carolina, absurdly, on Barack Obama. In this one, by contrast, his villain is those greedy North Carolinians upstream, which is more credible.

And the tone is laudable because it’s calmly and dispassionately explanatory. That’s nice for a change.

But one thing it fails to do is explain to voters why this has a bearing upon their choice for governor. It doesn’t clearly say that I, Henry McMaster, have taken a particular stand on this issue and my opponents have not, or in any other way related the Water War to the subject at hand, which is nominating a gubernatorial candidate.

You may say I can’t have both calm explanation and overt appeal for votes, but I think I can. If you’re going to take a minute to ‘splain something, ‘splain what I can do about it. It doesn’t seem like it would be that hard.

Your thoughts?

4 thoughts on “Henry McMaster’s video on the Water War with N.C.

  1. Karen McLeod

    What is he planning to do as govenor to evenly share resources with those states with a common stake? What is he doing to ensure that we don’t poison our own waters with pollution? You are absolutely right, anyone who wants to be govenor should explain his position(s) calmly. Furthermore, it should be something our govenor actually has some means of controlling/influencing it. Any candidate that cannot/will not do so loses my vote quickly. And those who lean hard on partisan politics (either way) are likely to find themselves without my vote. I find “It’s all the other guy’s fault!” to be an irrational argument (and if you don’t believe me, ask Aristotle). I can only assume that the person making it has no better argument, and no plan for fixing whatever’s wrong.

  2. Brad Warthen

    Yep. This is an important issue to Henry, something he’s already involved with. So it surprises me that he doesn’t say, “Here’s what I’ve done about it,” or “Here’s what I WILL do about it.”

    Seems like a pretty gaping hole in the piece.

    Now I need y’all to tell me how I can collect a consulting fee from Henry for telling him that. I gotta make this blog pay somehow…

  3. kbfenner

    You sell ads to merchants, like restaurants and clothiers, realtors and vacation spots, that cater to your elite readers. You do not sell ads to politicians, because that would compromise your impartiality, such as it is.

    I believe you are fairly impartial, in a lazy kind of way. ;>)

  4. Randy E

    LOL, KB that is great analysis. It reminds me of a former colleague when asked if he was apathetic replied “I don’t know and I don’t care.” In a way I think that’s your point about Brad and politics.

    McMaster doesn’t blame the water shortage on Obama?

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