Focus on the negative

By Ken  Feltman

Rahm Emanuel is considering a run for mayor of Chicago. The problem is that Chicago has a popular mayor who may seek another term. That mayor is named Daley and for thousands of Chicagoans, the Daley name is synonymous with the office.

– Ken Feltman, Radnor Reports, April 30, 2010

I awoke today to find 16 messages telling me that I had missed the possibility that Rahm Emanuel might run for mayor of Chicago. Two messages noted that I had reported it.

This shows the difficulty anyone has in being heard in the clatter that surrounds politics. Candidates and elected officials have a terrible time – witness President Obama. Everyone remembers the gaffes, the omissions, the mistakes. Few remember the many things that Obama got right.

November’s election will reflect this tendency. The voters are in an ugly mood. The Democrats, the party in power, will suffer more as the voters forget or discount the positive and focus on the negative.

About Radnor Reports

Ken Feltman is past-president of the International Association of Political Consultants and the American League of Lobbyists. He is retired chairman of Radnor Inc., an international political consulting and government relations firm in Washington, D.C. Feltman founded the U.S. and European Conflict Indexes in 1988. The indexes have predicted the winner of every U.S. presidential election beginning in 1988, plus the outcome of several European elections. In May of 2010, the Conflict Index was used by university students in Egypt. The Index predicted the fall of the Mubarak government within the next year.
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