GOP PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION WAR: Not Going to Be Won By Social Media Only

Written by Kevin Fobbs on April 23, 2015

There is a war over which conservative or semi-conservative candidate for president will secure the nomination in 2016. That war is raging throughout social media and whether you are a Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Mike Huckabee, or Gov. John Kasich, Jeb Bush, or Scott Walker supporter, there is much more to locking the eventual nomination down than tweets and Facebook posts.

Even though there is going to be at least a dozen or more Republican candidates jumping into the race, the true measure of success will only be determined by the delegates that are locked down in 2016. Thus begins the battle between well intended comments of support on Facebook or Twitter and the participation in the real dealing making of Republican machine politics.

This is called taking a deep breath and taking a reality check. There are some who are vehemently denying their support for anyone but a Ted Cruz, or a Rand Paul or some other candidate. Of course that is there choice, because after all this is America. But where is the conservative political warrior spirit? Is the only political battle a Cruz or other candidate supporter is willing to wage is one of convenience that is availed to them by social media?

Here is the news flash, the delegates who will make the true difference in the GOP political machine are being approached or engaged in, in over 2,200 counties across the nation. You have to move your feet away from the computer and begin working and advocating and building the candidate base of support outside of your home. You can begin to feel the real vibe or create that vibe for your conservative presidential candidate, because that is the only true poll that counts.

President Theodore Roosevelt lived before social media, but had he done so, his written piece “The Man in the Arena” would be just as relevant as it was in 1910.

Roosevelt stressed:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

The arena that Roosevelt speaks to is one where each one who enters is willing to be marred by dust and sweat and blood of the political process. That person will not be sulking over the possible loss of their candidate to whoever the victor of the delegate battle is. As Roosevelt says, if that person who enters the arena fails, at least the failure is done while daring greatly.

There is no anger in defeat, because the war is being fought to secure the nation and fortify the freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. This is a real war with real consequences which can be brought to life on social media in securing support, but must be waged in each community where a delegate will be selected for the district, county, state and eventual national republican convention.

Having attended several presidential national conventions as an elected delegate, I can tell you it is not a simple social media posting or tweeting game. It is serious and thus far the silence appears to be deafening when it comes to discussions concerning being a delegate to the only place in America in 2016 where it will make a difference.


Kevin Fobbs
Kevin Fobbs has more than 35 years of wide-ranging experience as a community and tenant organizer, Legal Services outreach program director, public relations consultant, business executive, gubernatorial and presidential appointee, political advisor, widely published writer, and national lecturer. Kevin is co-chair and co-founder of AC-3 (American-Canadian Conservative Coalition) that focuses on issues on both sides of the border between the two countries.