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Fair is Fair

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Last night, or rather early this morning, I promised to post something about what makes for fair campaign ads and rhetoric. Here are my new rules (apologies to BM of HBO):

1. Don’t make shit up. If somebody voted for or against authorizing the invasion of Iraq, it’s fair to point that out. It is not fair to pretend that a procedural vote against a sub amendment to an amendment is a vote to raise taxes or to kill babies or to poison farm workers. If your opponent is corrupt, have at it, but there should be a conviction or at least an indictment to support your accusation.
2. Even if you didn’t make shit up, you have to use relevant shit. Even if Harold Ford did go to the Playboy party, who gives a rusty ding dong? Even if you know you’re opponent is gay, what does that have to do with anything? Messy divorces may be relevant as this may go to character. Consider on a case by case basis.
3. Say it out loud and in public or don’t say it at all. No push polls, robo calls or whisper campaigns. Why not? Because it is too easy use these methods to spread lies. In fact, why would a campaign use these tactics to spread real information? They wouldn’t.

Hmmm. I think that’s it. If i think of anything else I’ll post it,  but see how simple it is to run a clean campaign? And why would we want to do that? Because dirty campiagns weaken the community to which we all belong, that’s why.

Which of the leading industrialized countries has the dirtiest politics? Arguably, the United States. Which of the leading industrialized countries has the lowest voter turnout rates? Same answer.

Written by slothropia

October 31st, 2006 at 8:49 pm