How a semester can change things. How wonderful is it to see the hungry and determined side of Bruce Haupt! When I endorsed him last semester, many of you didn't know why and would send the weirdest emails or call me and laugh. Now you see what I saw last semester. In the face of one of the most well-organized, well-funded, and well-connected machine-formations since the Ignite Party, Bruce and his people have been able to slate a very large pool of talented up & comers to senate, as well as a full (and impressive) Executive slate. Reading the quote by PANTS Veep Candidate Eve Rizzo in today's Alligator all but affirm the bold message of the first GDI Party at UF, arguably, since the Student Alliance in 2003.
"We're striving to be approachable and to be on the level of the student body."* -- Eve Rizzo (PANTS Party V.P. Candidate)
I believe that as the campaign trail expands and we get closer and closer to the week of elections, students will find many striking similarities between themselves and the strongly-GDI PANTS Party. When Eve Rizzo speaks about being approachable, it sounds so much more sincere than had a Gator Party candidate said that, but why?
Well for starters PANTS comes from the students, it was a spontaneous, almost last-ditch effort at organizing the last remnants of the GDI Community at UF against a monster freight train carrying mainstream Greeks, Keys, the pillagers and marauders of the African American community mobilizing their people to the polls merely to continue enjoying the scraps off a table they are not permitted to sit at, but rather sit below and eat System' leftovers like a pack of rabid dogs, as well as a gang of increasingly desperate power-hungry Independent turncoats.
Additionally, students will quickly realize how PANTS make with what they've got, they will relate to PANTS as being a party of students, not a party of external influences spending ten or twenty thousand dollars. They will relate with PANTS' blue-collar if you will style. They will also see a party that's struggling and learning along the way, they will come into contact with everyday talented students that want to represent them but whom are not professional politicans.
At this very early stage, I couldn't tell you if PANTS will win or lose, but I can tell you that they are doing everything according to a very old-school Indie program and if they can somehow integrate pre-Access Indie strategies alongside more modern styles of political campaigning, then they will keep the Gator strategists on their toes each and every day and they will earn rich rewards from a variety of races. To those that claim Gator will win by 2,800, to them I say "you're on crack."