First he's sure that he's the Republican silver bullet for Salt Lake County Mayor. Then he changes his mind and decides to run as a Libertarian for governor of Utah. In all of this, it occurred to me that (if he lived in my precinct) I wouldn't even vote for Dell Schanze to be my precinct secretary.
I write this article with some trepidation, worried that if Super Dell reads it he may come to my house or place of business and brandish a firearm at me. But anyway, here goes.
A few years back, at the Republican State convention, I thought a Republican challenger to incumbent Governor Mike Leavitt was serious about his campaign against the governor. Then he asked Super Dell to introduce him to the convention, and it was at that point that I concluded that he was not serious.
I used to think that the radio ads for Totally Awesome Computers were funny. Somehow, though, no one else I knew thought they were. People who had been into one of his stores were the most vehemently disgusted by Dell's on-air rantings and ravings. I decided to go to Totally Awesome Computers and buy a computer. It was then that I decided I didn't think Super Dell's radio ads were that funny anymore. I was condescended to, pigeon-holed, and made fun of because I didn't want to buy the top-of-the-line, 720 gigabyte 83 million RPM hard drive, Xeon super extra quad three core processor with ulima video graphics array (or something like that) computer. I made the "I'm going to looook arrooooouuuunnnnd a little, and I'll be back" excuse, and then I went to EBC computers and bought a computer that actually was totally awesome.
I wasn't sure if I was hearing both sides of the story about Mr. Schanze brandishing a firearm in his neighborhood a few years back, but then I heard more brandishing stories from callers to KSL Nightside last night. The ones that I remember are: He was arrested at Moab for brandishing, and he took his employees to Totally Awesome Guns and Ammo and threatened them subtly with a firearm when his computer company was going down in flames.
It is debatable whether Dell Schanze is a good businessman. Bob Lonsberry this morning opined that he may make himself and several other people rich by advertising their products on the radio. That may be.
But the one thing I'm sure of. Dell Schanze will not make a good politician. The Republicans (including me) are very excited that he dropped out (as a Republican) from the Salt Lake County Mayor's race. Now, however, he has inflicted the Libertarians by suddenly signing up as one of them to take on Jon Huntsman.
Super Dell is getting his publicity, for sure. But let's hope for no other reason than to defeat him early that the Libertarians field another candidate for governor.
Because so far Dell Schanze hasn't even done a very good job as president of the Super Dell Fan Club.