Bad company corrupts good character.
You can tell a lot about a man by the friends he has and the company he keeps.
Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.
The respected Morton Blackwell of the Leadership Institute has a saying that sums it up perfectly: “Personnel is policy.”
Whom you empower to make decisions on your behalf, as well as whom you choose to endorse in contested primaries, tells us a lot about who you are. After all, unless you’re bipolar what kind of sane person would allow someone to advise them or make decisions for them whose worldview they didn’t share? Why would you advance the ambitions of those you don’t agree with? What kind of leader surrounds himself with people who don’t share his vision?
For years our politicians have told us their endorsements don’t really matter when held accountable for them, and should be viewed separately from their record on the issues. Is that so? Then why give an endorsement at all if it doesn’t matter? If that deflection is accurate, aren’t they essentially admitting they’re really irrelevant then? If you really believe in that ideology, why would you lend your name to someone that doesn’t?
Come on, man. Don’t urinate on us and tell us it’s raining.
People wouldn’t ask for an endorsement if they didn’t think it would help then. You wouldn’t put your name out there to purposefully be proven to be irrelevant. An endorsement is an act of influence. You are trying to influence others to accompany your actions.
And the action in the case of endorsing Kentucky Senator Ditch McConnell is to keep in power a man that just cut the absolute worst budget deal in the history of the Republican Party, which included a $3 billion taxpayer-funded bribe.
It is particularly painful to the grassroots to see men, who only have political capital because of grassroots support, spend it in a way that opposes that grassroots.