I want to share with you my observations from Tuesday and ask you to put on your thinking caps and not become emotional reactionaries.
As Written By Allen B. West:
Day two at the RNC convention in Cleveland and I just want to express my sincere and humble gratitude to all the great folks I’ve been able to meet, with whom I got to take picture. I was truly blessed to get the chance to speak with three folks I didn’t figure I’d meet: Roland Martin, Van Jones, and Donna Brazille — who actually busted a dance move on me to Earth, Wind, and Fire. Our conversations were pleasant and very respectful as we sought those points where we found common ground. I guess if there’s one thing that does garner regard with most folks, it’s a passion for one’s country, and the selfless service those of us who have deployed willingly give.
It was a REALLY busy day that ended up with nearly 20 various radio, internet, and TV interviews. It was vital to be on message and I will admit, the best interview was with Juan Williams for Fox News online — good dialogue and tough questions.
Also enjoyed chatting with a young fella named Alex from the Daily Caller that was online as well.
But I want to share with you my observations from Tuesday and ask you to put on your thinking caps and not become emotional reactionaries.
There are two things about a sports game that will cause you to lose: unforced errors and missed opportunities. Since we’re in baseball season, let me use that platform to better explain the point.
In the line score for baseball there are three measures of effectiveness — runs, hits, and errors. Errors are displayed as they count against a team — the specific player if you’re keeping a scorecard, and can lead to runs being scored by the other team. You always try to assess whether the errors committed by a team directly contribute to runs scored for the other — they don’t necessarily have to, but an excessive amount of errors can hurt your chances of winning.
The other measure of effectiveness isn’t part of the line score in baseball, but is a reported fact — runners left on base — in other words, missed opportunities to score. Consider this: when you get your first two batters on base, perhaps they even steal bases and move into scoring position. You have no outs, but the next few batters all end up being put out and not being able to move the runners you have on bases across home plate for runs — those are missed opportunities. And normally, the team that leaves the most runners “stranded” on base, may find it difficult to win. The objective is simple in baseball, get a runner onto base, move them into scoring position — on second base — then get then home, for an earned run. Or, if you’re lucky, the other team commits an unforced error, and you can capitalize on that opportunity.
Let’s have an honest conversation about unforced errors — such as was the case for the Trump campaign on Tuesday. This is a teachable moment, because strategy is important.