I like how Twitter can function as your own personal focus group. During the recent ten minutes when it was rumoured that Joe Scarborough was being recruited to run for Florida Senate on 2012, I had sent out a tweet asking who else was rumoured to be running. Not being familiar with the Florida political scene, I was curious if there was “another Marco Rubio” hiding in the state somewhere.
The name that most came up was Adam Hasner, the former Majority Leader of the Florida House of Representatives.
Now as soon as you say “x” is the next “y,” you’ve doomed them and the set yourself off to disappointment. Plus, how many e-mails have you already gotten saying “X is the Next Marco Rubio?” Instead of being the next anyone, the first Adam Hasner sounds promising…
“I don’t have to reinvent myself,” Hasner told HUMAN EVENTS. “I have proven I have the courage to say what needs be said and do what needs to be done, even when it’s not popular. And in the U.S. Senate, you’d find I’d be the different kind of conservative leader I feel voters are looking for.” He went on to cite that he has already spoken out against the Obama Doctrine—“We’re less trusted and less safe than before he became President in foreign policy”—and against raising the debt ceiling—“I’m for a the Balanced Budget Amendment but not willing to trade raising the debt ceiling to get it.”
“I went to a 9/12 picnic recently and it drew more than 400 people—and on a Sunday!” Hasner told HUMAN EVENTS.“ I understand their message—enough is enough. We want leaders to tell it like it is, and if they can’t get the job done—then we will find those that will. And also about how 2010 was just the beginning, and these groups are as educated and energized as ever before. In 2012 its time for the next wave who are ready to fight to get the job done and restore America’s promise. That’s why I am running.”
2012 is still a long way to go, and we still have to get back the budget battle and local elections in 2011. Plus we don’t even have any presidential candidates yet, so getting too excited aboot any of the other 2012 races right now seems a little silly.
That’s not to say you shouldn’t have your favourites…