[size=9]Senior Columnist and Investigative Journalist: Darien Fenner[/size]2011 Gubernatorial Debate: An EvaluationMay 16, 2011
They don?t call elections a race for nothing.
Despite limited campaign time this year, candidates for Governor have so far gone to great lengths to demonstrate their political efforts and enthusiasm for office. And with voting day upon us and over half the original contenders weeded out during the primaries, pressure is beginning to set in for the remaining four who have something to prove.
Well. Remaining four who have something
, at least.
In any event, the 2011 debate provided an excellent opportunity to shed some light onto some of the more ambiguous campaigns, while at the same time obscuring others. As with most competitions, some winners and some losers emerged on May fourteenth. And while the winners no doubt have cemented themselves in this particular sprint and have assured themselves a close race, at least one of the current candidates may have sustained an injury serious enough to immobilize them until next season.
Then again, RhyDin always was a sucker for hard-luck cases.
In the spirit of competition, it seems only appropriate that each of the candidates be evaluated based on their closing statements and their responses to each of the three questions presented during the debate. Keep in mind that if you would like to proffer any further queries or voice your opinion, you are encouraged to write your local publication or your candidates directly.Question No. 1: What will you do to support small business owners if they are elected?First Place: Corlanthis Wystansayr
Runner-Up: Matthew Simon
Dead Last: Dyarhk
Though only three (and one fourth) official questions were addressed this particular debate, they were fortunately ones that are especially relevant to this election and generally regarded subjects that RhyDin cares the most about. After all, the bulk of RhyDin?s interests tends to lie in one of three areas: Business, autonomy, and protection. And in spite of the facetious way this particular inquiry was presented, the question is in and of itself a very good one ? especially given the fact that many of the platforms this year have a significant focus on business and commerce.
Surprisingly, the candidate with the most business-focused platform this election remained the most tightlipped in her first response. In her opening statements, Fionna Helston al Amat did eloquently outline her ?light-touch opportunity? campaign, expressing a need to ?highlight opportunities and work with members of the community - both businesses and individuals - to meet the needs of the community within the community.? Yet when given the chance to reaffirm her concept of opportunity, Helston al Amat danced around the issue.
?Ours is a free economy. We do not need to build a bureaucracy to make it function. It already does so.?
Granted, Helston al Amat has made it clear that she intends to keep the government?s footprint very small. But much of her support has also stemmed from her promises to ?create opportunities and allow the residents of this city the freedom to act on them.? So it is ironic indeed that her opponent, Corlanthis Wystansayr ended up being the one to leap on the opportunity idea:
?I intend to introduce an body of administration whose aim it will be to help promote our local businesses into areas they may otherwise be unable to access. The businesses will, of course, have to succeed on the merits of their own products or services, but it shall not be because people were unaware of them, or they were not given a fair chance to succeed.?
Taking a cue from Driscol ? and himself from previous years, actually ? Wystansayr brings up an excellent point: many RhyDin businesses don?t know the first thing about advertising, both locally and transdimensionally. And while he did not detail how he plans to educate business owners to that effect, his candid assessment of corporate success was refreshingly realistic without being idealistic: While the government can try to point you in the right direction, success is ultimately your own responsibility.
Dyarhk started out relatively strong, throwing out forceful and impressive phrases like ?Sudden Action Directive? and ?closer examination,? both somewhat consistent with topics he has brought up in previous interviews. Amazingly, Dyarhk even managed to stay afloat after uttering the word ?law? ? usually considered political suicide in an autonomy like RhyDin. But not long after he nosed briefly ahead of Helston al Amat did he stumble over his own words:
?I think a closer examination law will be a great step towards both getting these smaller and larger businesses alike the notice they will require to do business here in RhyDin, as well as inspect and flesh out our untrustworthy businesses that are trying to build legitimate income on illegitimate fronts.?
By remaining overly vague in his initial assertion, Dyarhk not only presented himself as a hard-handed tyrant who will crack down on illegitimate businesses, he also dug himself into a hole when it came to attempting to recover.
?The intent is to create a more knowledgeable database, more easily accessible to see just what buildings these are we're walking by rather than drawing blanks and walking on,? amended Dyarhk, prompting a political sprain that will doubtlessly give him trouble before the race is up. His rough transition from hard-handed protector ? more specifically, a ?family? approach he has taken to peddling lately ? to humble educator brands him as wishy-washy, giving fuel to the notion that he purposefully changed his argument only after having heard Wystansayr?s and Helston al Amat?s thought-out responses.
It was here that Matthew Simon earned his Second-Place status, arguing that while Dyarhk?s knowledgeable database idea was ?a good sentiment? [RhyDin] cannot put too many obstacles in the way that prevent new business from establishing themselves?? He later went on to say, ?His proposal promotes suspicion rather than support of one's neighbor? ? a point consistent with Simon?s much more personal, ?We are RhyDin!? campaign this year. Indeed, Simon?s new slogan this year is becoming as memorable as Driscol?s ?Remember Your Roots? campaign of last year, combating criticism Simon has faced in the past for seeming supercilious compared with his constituents. This time he is going to great lengths to seem as united and down-to-earth as Helston al Amat ? a risky gamble that may or may not pay off in the end.