Published by Jeff Jarvis April 14th, 2007 Tags: middleeast, romney, spotlight, youtube.
Responses have started coming in to Mitt Romney's Spotlight video on YouTube -- 38 as of now. One of them is mine. (I was about to get into high dudgeon thinking I had been excluded -- the candidates can choose which videos to include -- but it turns out I made a mistake uploading mine. That's why it took a day to get linked. Nevermind.) I want to know what he thinks our greatest challenge is and what he's going to do to fix it. And I ask him which Mitt he wants us to vote for: the one we saw from 1994, thanks to YouTube, who I think looks like a reasonable fellow, or the one we see now. When he gets to the White House, I want to know, will he be the kind of president who stands stolid on principles or who changes based on input, including that from the public? Which Mitt will we get? What to the other YouTubers have to say to Romney? Paperyoshi is against fat. Hartman is for trust. Absurdum is against death (and, yes, I do hope and presume that this is a rare example of American irony). I have no idea what HoodedGirl is for or against -- and neither does she. But seriously, folks... Most of the videos are heartfelt, thoughtful, generous and all are respectful and complimentary to Romney for taking part in this YouTube dialogue. Jack says our greatest challenge is Iraq. Bubbly Moose wants alternative energy. HellJumpers wants net neutrality. Connor is against racism (and Don Imus) Gaffneyt is against poverty and for education (twice). StanBernadino is against global outsourcing and for products made in America for Americans. EvilMongrelMonkey believes education is our greatest challenge and that No Child Left Behind is a failure and wants control in the hands of parents, not government (it takes him 9:51 to say it). Stephen is against illegal immigration. Pat wants government to protect, not infringe upon, individual rights. Davidallgroup wants the Republicans to win. Softballs, all, I'd say? I couldn't find a tough one in the bunch. I don't mean that we should be nasty but I'd like to see us ask the key, hard questions we're not hearing from those wussy reporters. Finally, if you watch one response watch this. Here's a damned good video from Esther, who's also turning around the question and asking Romney what he will do about what she says is our greatest challenge: restoring America's relationship with the world. She has her prescriptions for the Middle East, with more specifics than I have heard from many of the candidates.
I want to vote for Esther.