I was really prepared to not like or care about this guy at all. As it turns out, I don’t dislike him, he seems to have some pretty good ideas, and I still don’t care all that much.
Solution-Oriented, Bi-Partisan Problem Solver
Delaney’s core “message” is that he is a solutions-oriented guy who can work across party lines to get things done. Sounds reasonable, but also like something pretty much every candidate says. Unlike some other candidates, Delaney does have some really specific ideas on policies and programs, he’s really well-spoken and articulate about those ideas, and he’s enough of the centrist and pragmatist to actually work across party lines.
I’ll continue to listen to Delaney- but I’m not inspired.
I’m going to continue to pay attention to Delaney, mostly because he does have some solid ideas and he isn’t uncomfortably painful to listen to when he articulates them. But I’m not at all inspired by him. He talks about every issue he’s asked about as a “priority” and “the number one issue facing…”, and I don’t feel like it is really genuine. I don’t think he’s dishonest, but I think he’s not comfortable saying, “I haven’t actually considered that idea or that topic.”
Also, at the risk of falling into the trap of identity politics, he’s a middle-aged, white guy from the Mid-Atlantic states. It’s not a reason to write him off, but it’s also not an advantage in this race.
I primarily focused my research on this series of interviews from WMUR in New Hampshire. (WMUR interviews are fantastic sources of information, btw.)
Is anyone a big Delaney supporter? I’m particularly interested in anyone who has been following his career for a long time. Link me to any articles, videos or just let me know what you are thinking in the comments.