I am new to the area, and while I don’t have a ton of time to read up on the political landscape I do want to be informed. I had not started reading blogs or political candidates to the senate websites yet when I started to see on TV something that turned my stomach. Claire McCaskill has an ad where she begins the smear campaign that is almost a staple of today’s politics, then today I saw Jim Talent’s ad for the fist time. If I was the kind of person that voted from just what the TV ads say, right now I would feel like neither of the people can do the job.
Since when is better to just make the other guy look bad rather than making yourself look good? Politicians promise a lot of things and when they deliver, they gain credibility. I have not even looked at their political affiliation and I already feel like flipping a coin to decide who to vote for. Maybe the local Kansas City man that is annoying Oprah so that she will run for President in 2008 is not so crazy after all. At least we know where Oprah stands.
I remember the last presidential election and see that it was a lot of the same. Even the mayor newspapers in America turned into celebrity like gossip columns to see who could dig up the worse smelling dirt. Some of you might argue that it does not even matter since the next elections is going to be hacked anyway.
I am not sure if going back to the empty promise ads is the answer, but making informed political decisions is important in a democratic society. Why do we have democracy if we don’t even have a clear view of what we are choosing? I guess is back to picking just a mascot and voting for whoever the donkey or elephant is standing behind on or on top of depending on how you look at it.