Originally posted by vor78
reply to post by Quazga
While I do believe that his campaign is going negative, I don't think he has he has crossed the line where unfair (and virtually all negative
campaigning is unfair) becomes disgustingly unfair. I can, however, understand why some in the Republican party would be nervous about it. While
mudslinging has historically proven effective almost every time it is tried, there's always a risk of over doing it.
Still, as I noted a few days ago, this change in tone from McCain's campaign is very likely in response to recent criticism from within his own
party that he has not been aggressive enough against Obama.
Honestly, I think they're doing this in order to test a belief in GOP circles that Obama has a temper, is thin-skinned and cannot take
criticism...much like McCain. I think they're trying to provoke a public outburst from him, just as the Dems have unsuccessfully tried to do with
McCain thus far.
That's really what I was saying with my first post. It doesn't resonate with me as being "disgustingly unfair" either.
Now, the ads that BH posted, I haven't watched yet, so I can't speak about those specifically, I'm just talking about the article in question.
I also agree that this is probably because of the concern within the GOP that the old tactics might be their only tactics. I don't agree with that
personally, as I think the "new tactics" of avoiding negative campaigning or at least limiting them in their "unfairness" as you put it, was what
sealed the deal with Obama as the Democratic Nominee. At least for me.
I think that the conservatives can pull this off actually if they didn't feel so dang dependent on the evangelical vote. If they opened themselves
up socially, I think they would stand a much easier chance of winning this year. I mean, think of all of the PUMAs on the fence that would be
recruited overnight if McCain said "I think gays should serve openly in the military and I think that the definition of marriage is a legally binding
comitted relationship between two people in the spirit of raising children steeped in values of their communities"
I don't expect this to happen, but if it did, you would be amazed at the people who would vote republican overnight. Simply because that is the key
wedge issue that seperates them from a large amount of the population.
Anyway.. I've rambled enough.
Thanks again for the post vor!