Via Tulsa World
I turned to my wife with the question “Who does that?” I was speaking of Kevin Stitt, the political outsider who defied all odds to beat Todd Lamb in the 2018 gubernatorial primary.
Kevin seemed to appear out of nowhere. Ten months ago, his name recognition was limited to his family, friends and 1,000 Gateway employees. Now he is sprinting to complete an improbable race to become our next governor.
He first arrived in our living rooms with a familiar manner and compelling fervor. We believed his claim that he would lead a revival in education and economy.
This is reminiscent of Sir Roger Scruton’s essay “The Meaning of Margaret Thatcher:” “…in the midst of our discouragement, Margaret Thatcher appeared, as though by a miracle… (she) had the effrontery to declare her commitment to the market economy, private enterprise, the freedom of the individual… (she) was able to carry the people with her… (she) believed that, in business as in politics, the buck stops here. The important person in a free economy is… the entrepreneur — the one who takes risks and meets the cost of them. Entrepreneurs create things; managers entomb them:… and it was immediately apparent that she was right…”
Who appears out of nowhere with dazzling political instincts and with the charisma to persuade citizens of a preordained brilliant future? Unique souls like Stitt and Thatcher do that. They come along once in our lifetime.