When I saw Christine O’Donnell’s concession speech last night, I thought to myself, there is someone with a complete lack of gravitas.
People without gravitas lose elections, especially when they run for what’s perceived as an important office. I would have voted for O’Donnell anyway, because she would have been a reliable vote for Republicans, and the nation will survive fine enough if a few Senators lack gravitas. But voters see a U.S. Senator as being an important position, and the voters want people in important positions to have gravitas.
I think that gravitas was a factor in several other races in which the Republican candidate lost. I didn’t follow the Nevada race closely, but Sharron Angle probably lacked gravitas. Women generally have less gravitas than men. When women giggle or act cutesy, it totally destroys the perception of gravitas. New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino lacked gravitas, even though he’s an older man. He did some stuff during the campaign which was on the goofy and flaky side, and that hurt him.
This brings us to the Sarah Palin problem. She can never win a presidential election because of her lack of gravitas. Compare her to Margaret Thatcher, a woman of exceptional gravitas. I am aware that there are some readers of my blog who are rooting for her to run and win the Republican nomination. If she were, by some chance, to win the Republican nomination, her loss in the general election is guaranteed because of her lack of gravitas. Essentially, what Palin supporters are really rooting for are four more years of Obama. Stop doing that.