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Christine O'Donnell and the 1st Amendment
JohnH
It would be impossible for american politicians to run on what they are for and how they would achieve it. The american body politic is so unsophisticated that they would not be able to understand what was going on.

Without sound bites and negative campaigning they would not be able to vote.
 
seeker
John - American politics stopped being about serious issues a long time ago. The reason people like O'Donnell and Palin are considered serious candidates has nothing to do with policy and everything to do with people who thought of themselves as being in control holding on to candidates they think are still like them.

People tend to have a cursory view of national politics, few people are really nerdy enough to know much about issues beyond a paragraph or two. People relied on the objectivity, or at least the illusion of objectivity, of our news media to shape their opinions. The rise of Limbaugh, O'Rielly, Hannaty et al took advantage of people's tendency to want to be told what to think and this set of commentators took hold by telling people what they wanted to believe.

We all would like to think that we shouldn't have to pay taxes or that people like us should be in charge. The fact is that a lot of people think the way Palin and O'Donnell do and that is why they get support.

There is another factor here though and it is much more ominous. The truly greedy elements of our society, those corporatists who could care less about the country or its people love the O'Donnells and Palins because they are a way to further divide the vote. It forces candidates to rely even more on corporate money to be heard above the din and the shouting between the two conservative noise machines drowns out any real progressive argument.
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." - George Santayana
 
catman
I think the Supreme Court decision to allow corporate interests to give as much money as they want to support political candidates is virtually a death knell for representative government.
"If I owned both Hell and Texas, I'd live in Hell and rent out Texas." - General Sheridan
 
Bob of QF
I agree, Catman---- corpratocracy, here we come...
Quantum Junction: Use both lanes

Reality is that which is left, after you stop believing.
 
Doubting Thomas
What I hate is how there are no more positive campaign ads any more, they seem to be 100% negative. I hate watching the local news these days because every ad is a negative campaign ad. And unfortunately, politicians will keep using negative ads because they work.
You're just jealous because the voices are talking to me and not you.
 
derF
JohnH wrote:
I, unfortunately in this case, live in California. So in the current election I have to chose between two old hacks from the democrats Jerry Brown or Barbara Boxer or two dingbats not much different from Christine O'Donnell, Meg Whitman or Carly Fiorina. I will admit that both those women are more intelligent than O'Donnell. But, their political positions are equally as stupid. On the other hand the democrats running against them are nonentities.

I would normally vote for the Peace and Freedom candidate who would be much more to my political liking than a democrat but the election may be close enough that I may be forced to vote for the democrats. It sticks in my craw.

Some of the people that the republican party have put up for election this year are too far out on the right for americans to accept them, yet they do. It is a bit scary.


Happily, it appears that the majority of Californians are not comfortable with the idea that the top political positions of the state can be had if only one expends enough of ones wealth to purchase that position.

Luckily, Meg is so much like Arnold, it is unlikely that massive expenditures of money will be enough to sway the majority of Californians that a repeat of the Schwarznegger years will be beneficial to the people of California.
I'll drink to that. Or anything else for that matter.
 
derF
Lest anyone thinks that I am, somehow, flouting my own political position, let it be known that I voted for Schwarznegger. (Head drops in shame as he turns and walks away.)


Edited because I edited it.
Edited by derF on 10/28/2010 02:05
I'll drink to that. Or anything else for that matter.
 
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