Saturday, October 28, 2006

Smear Campaigns

"People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest." ~ Hermann Hesse

I'm sitting here listening to an advertisement for Jim Webb, Democratic candidate for Senator from Virginia and I am laughing. His entire point is that his opponent, Republican George Allen supports President Bush.

If he really thinks attacking the people who support the current administration will get him elected, he is sorely mistaken.

It is a weak argument by a weak candidate. I predict his strategy of "guilt by association" will backfire.

I can't speak for the majority of Virginians, but as a new resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia, his ad only reinforces my commitment to vote for George Allen.

Yes, the reason I have been absent lately is because I was in the process of moving to Fredericksburg, Virginia.

My only regret is that I won't have a chance to vote for Maryland Republican Senatorial candidate Michael Steele and stick it to the Democrats once again.

After watching the avalanche of political campaign smear campaigns this year I have come to the conclusion that even the worst Republican is better than the best Democrat.

No, I don't really believe that.

But when you have a chance to speak personally to a candidate as I did recently, they really love that line.


Francis Lynn said...

Never liked Webb, even when he was in the Reagan Administration. Dunno Reagan selected him.

Dan Trabue said...

Sounds like the voters may just disagree with you. Here in Kentucky, our Republican Congresswoman (who's always been in lockstep with Bush) has begun to call for Rumsfeld to be fired. Republicans across the country are distancing themselves from Bush.

And with good reason, I suspect.

But we'll know better next week.

And don't forget smear campaigns are not done by Dems only - indeed, from what I've seen, they've only returned a bit of tit for the Republican's tat.

Mark said...

I can't disagree with you on that one, Dan. Both parties are guilty of tearing down their opponent rather than building themselves up.

In fact, I think everyone everywhere is sick of that tactic.

But what can you do? You can't just not vote for anyone, and they all do it. If we refuse to vote for anyone that uses those tactics, no one would get any votes at all.

Dan Trabue said...

"The politicians all make speeches
And the newsmen all take notes
And I wonder who would lead us
If none of us would vote..."

~Larry Norman

We all agree we're sick of it and all are often forced in to making one of those horrible decisions.

Our system is broke...

Lone Ranger said...

It's pretty difficult NOT to smear Democrats because there is nothing positive to say about them.

Liam said...

LOL! Mark, you are nowhere near being an undecided voter; I really don’t think he was expecting to sway your vote with that (or any other) ad!

On the general subject of negative campaigning though, you may all be interested in this article on the BBC News site. We may all agree that negative campaigns are a bad idea, but while we let ourselves be swayed by such things, campaign managers are going to keep on producing them…

Erudite Redneck said...

(Rolling eyes at LR).

Dan Trabue said...

LR constructively stated:
"It's pretty difficult NOT to smear Democrats because there is nothing positive to say about them."

Amen! Man, the only thing I know of worse than Dems are constipated skunks and Republicans - with the note that at least the skunks will get better...

Timothy said...

Hi Mark,
Glad you are getting settled in to your new home.