Warning to the Ben Dictors of SG
Words of advice for Dictor, et.al.:
“Your own ego can be your own worst enemy. Guard against the danger of buying into hype about your personal success or brilliance. Instead, understand your place as merely one element in a broad and ever-changing movement, with your effectiveness forever linked to your individual credibility, good reputation, and the respect you show your fellow activists.”
~ Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, “Taking on the System”, page 181
Highly apropro, no? Dictor’s driving force into splitting the independent movement at UF has been Joshua Simmons. I know Josh, but even I’ve wondered about how a Republican could lead a self-described progressive (or maybe Communist?) into a campaign that effectively diminishes any change of a GDI victory this year.
Here’s the problem: Simmons himself has a big ego.
Consider that Simmons made local and national news by waiting until after he told the press to tell the McCain campaign that he was quitting his campaign post to vote for Obama. He made a big stunt out of the decision, and came across as quite rude, unprofessional, and unliked by even the McCain folks at UF.
So why would Simmons involve himself in a progressive Democrat’s campaign for Student Government unless it served his own purpose? Perhaps because he knew that Dictor running an insurgent campaign against the more established GDI party would rob either candidate of the chance to beat the party supported by FBK, an organization Josh has long supported.
And why would Dictor not notice this but instead allow himself to get involved with such a character? Perhaps because he believed his own self-confidence and exaggerated hype. Perhaps because he can’t see past his own ambitions and truly believes he and he only will win this next SG election.
Never mind that FBK has only lost three campus-wide elections in twenty years (Treasurer in 1991, and the Execs in 1992 and 2004).
I like the enthusiasm and the energy that can be brought into a campaign by self-confidence, especially in SG where ideology is often muted (because the real differences are good-government and technocratic, and thus less appealing to voters). But 2009 is looking like 2005 and 2000 – the independent movement is split, and unless Jordan Johnson becomes horribly unpopular within the FBK-sponsored Greek/minority voting coalition, I fully expect that Dictor and McShera will lose and lose badly.