Blunder Upon Blunder on the Prabowo Campaign
By N Mark Castro
With presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto steadily gaining ground with his campaign, it pains me to see how the communications team of Prabowo fail to enlighten their candidate of the repercussions of his statements at Jakarta’s Taman Ismail Marzuki.
According to the report, “Prabowo began by saying that Indonesians had a tendency to be overly influenced by Western ideas such as democracy.”
1. Did they fail to test it first among a diverse set of audience?
2. Did they not show electoral points?
3. Did they not prepare for the hit?
4. If they have done so, has presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto decided to go it alone still?
No one should let their candidate falter in a magnitude such as this. At the rate things are going, seeing both presidential candidates stumble on blunder upon blunder doesn’t do well for their campaigns.
First of all, posturings of a controlled-electorate have always been the dream of any politician; however, it’s best fielded within a circle first before testing the water … never during a very tight election campaign.
To do so would be highly ill-advised and runs smack of amateurism and ignorance because it’s so easy to dissect and kill the argumentative discourse of the candidate with a simple statement.
“This from a man who has lived and been educated in the West all his life through?”
And now he wishes to eradicate the very platform that could bring him to power?
Brilliant … if we were living in Machiavellian times.