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You’ll come down to this

29 October, 2008 (23:50) | Ramblings

Last political blog post, promise.  It’s only a few days away, have you prepared yourself?  Have you listened to both parties? 

I am sure there are those that will disagree with me, but I put a lot of weight into how each candidate is campaigning.  The debates are huge.  Sure, they’ve become skilled question dodgers and avoid making any clear statements, but that shows skill in itself.  What it comes down to is tactics.  I believe that each side uses tactics to win this election just like they’ll use tactics in their presidency once they’re elected.  So beyond policies, history, experience, race, gender, party, etc, I think we’re getting a dose of how we can expect them to act.  A little mudslinging is expected and warranted, especially when it’s close and you’re trying to get exposure.  During the last week of a campaign though, you need to grow up.  Start being positive about what you can do for the country, not tearing down the component.  It’s not the time to try and convert anyone, it’s time to sway those people still on the fence.  Tell me what I should vote for you, not why I shouldn’t vote for the other guy.  The most success you’ll see with that strategy will be someone getting disgusted and not voting at all.

All I’ve seen from McCain and even Palin is mudslinging.  It’s beyond ridiculous.  Biden has been pretty quiet on the flip side.  I find Palin’s middle class soccer mom thing well over played, and these injections of fictional stereotypes like Joe the Plumber and Tito the illegal immigrant borderline offensive (Pundit tended!  OH DOUBLE ZING!).  Is she for real?  People are really getting behind this?  This is your campaign?

I’ve watched the debates, I’ve watched the rallies, I’ve read the press, I’ve read the reactions, and I’m voting for change.

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  • Kallie

    Wow babe, I’m kind of amazed you think it’s all one-sided. Have you been listening to the speeches and debates?? I agree that Obama wins hands down for charisma and stage presence, but I’m voting for a leader, not a cover model. I respect your opinion, but if you think you’re approaching this unbiased, well, I have a hard time believing that. Saw a house with Obama and McCain signs in the yard and had to smile and think of us :) Love you.

  • Kallie

    Wow babe, I’m kind of amazed you think it’s all one-sided. Have you been listening to the speeches and debates?? I agree that Obama wins hands down for charisma and stage presence, but I’m voting for a leader, not a cover model. I respect your opinion, but if you think you’re approaching this unbiased, well, I have a hard time believing that. Saw a house with Obama and McCain signs in the yard and had to smile and think of us :) Love you.

  • mommajanjan

    I really think that what you are seeing is a product of the party headquarters/marketing team and not the candidates personal battle. How the candidates campaign, or at least the bytes and bits we are exposed to, is more a function of their respective political machines and the bias of the media showing us what they want. Not that the big party machines will leave the guys alone once they are elected. Jim and I were just talking this morning about how we are all influenced by marketing machines, commercials and product placement, even though we think we’re not. I am not voting for the best campaign, but the candidate/party who most reflects my values.

  • mommajanjan

    I really think that what you are seeing is a product of the party headquarters/marketing team and not the candidates personal battle. How the candidates campaign, or at least the bytes and bits we are exposed to, is more a function of their respective political machines and the bias of the media showing us what they want. Not that the big party machines will leave the guys alone once they are elected. Jim and I were just talking this morning about how we are all influenced by marketing machines, commercials and product placement, even though we think we’re not. I am not voting for the best campaign, but the candidate/party who most reflects my values.