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Offline Reginald McGraw

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Re: Campaign Strategies
« Reply #15 on: October 25, 2006, 04:55:57 PM »
I don't think campaigns have to go negative to win.  I think that taking the high road gets you somewhere with voters. 

I mean don't we all think it's ridiculous when one candidate is bringing up negative information that really has nothing to do with any issue?

Maybe I'm in the minority there, but I wish we had a little more civility if not actual care among candidates.

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Re: Campaign Strategies
« Reply #16 on: October 25, 2006, 05:36:52 PM »
I mean don't we all think it's ridiculous when one candidate is bringing up negative information that really has nothing to do with any issue?

Maybe I'm in the minority there, but I wish we had a little more civility if not actual care among candidates.

Sure, all of us here do.  All 15 or 20 of us...  The problem is that they continue pumping those kinds of campaigns out because they work.  A significant percentage of people not associated with these forums don't find those ads ridiculous and are instead influenced by them.

I'm right with ya, though.  It would be nice to see a candidate who didn't stoop to that level, but unfortunately we live in a society that caters to the lowest common denominator in all ways.
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Re: Campaign Strategies
« Reply #17 on: October 25, 2006, 07:07:58 PM »
That's the opposite of my point.  If the Dems need a stepping stone between character assasinations and running a purely positive campaign, they could do like the GOP does: manufacture issues which look positive but are actually attacks.  Flag burning being one perfect example of a purely manufactured passive aggressive attack campaign issue.

I'm saying if they really must go negative, let them do it by finding their own divisive gimmie fake issue versions of gay marriage and flag burning to energize their base.
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Re: Campaign Strategies
« Reply #18 on: October 26, 2006, 09:41:26 AM »
I think the real problem with doing what you say for Dems is the broad swath of different issues it would take...because the Democratic party is such a conglomeration of different people.  For example (as Cass stated earlier), you've got religious Blacks and Hispanics who might be a lost cause when faced with atheist rousing rhetoric.

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Re: Campaign Strategies
« Reply #19 on: October 26, 2006, 11:21:06 AM »
How about some good old class warfare?  Normally this doesn't play well because the Dems are too milquetoast to energize people who are too poor to take off work and drive to the polls, so:

1) Everyone gets Election Day off, polls are open for 24 hours.

2) No one making less than $50,000/year pays any taxes until the richest 4% of Americans own less than 40% of the nation's wealth.  (You'd have to sloganize that.)  Currently, according to Census data as compiled by Google, the richest 4% own 59.4% of the neation's wealth.
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Doesn't matter if it happens or not -- flag burning amendments never needed to pass for them to make a political impact.
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Re: Campaign Strategies
« Reply #20 on: October 26, 2006, 11:27:11 AM »
3) I can go to any Walgreens or CVS and buy a sack of herb and some rolling papers.  Hey, anyone seen the deficit around here?  Jesus... I could have sworn that thing was around here somewhere... wait... what were we talking about?
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Re: Campaign Strategies
« Reply #21 on: October 26, 2006, 11:57:12 AM »
3) I can go to any Walgreens or CVS and buy a sack of herb and some rolling papers.  Hey, anyone seen the deficit around here?  Jesus... I could have sworn that thing was around here somewhere... wait... what were we talking about?

Vote Libertarian!

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Re: Campaign Strategies
« Reply #22 on: October 26, 2006, 12:10:16 PM »
Vote Libertarian!

Amen.

Though they're kind of fucked up too.
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Re: Campaign Strategies
« Reply #23 on: October 26, 2006, 01:08:30 PM »
But at least they would leave me alone...not steal all my money.

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Re: Campaign Strategies
« Reply #24 on: October 26, 2006, 07:00:34 PM »
I gladly pay my taxes.  I'd pay them more gladly if they weren't used for war and actually helped provide more services useful and needed by people less lucky than I am.
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Re: Campaign Strategies
« Reply #25 on: October 26, 2006, 09:32:49 PM »
I gladly pay my taxes.  I'd pay them more gladly if they weren't used for war and actually helped provide more services useful and needed by people less lucky than I am.

Me too. Taxes are what makes the country tick.

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Re: Campaign Strategies
« Reply #26 on: October 27, 2006, 12:56:12 AM »
That ugly woman with the huge tits in Alabama is running for governor as a libertarian. It's not cool.

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Re: Campaign Strategies
« Reply #27 on: October 27, 2006, 09:28:35 AM »
There are few beautiful women in politics.  A proportional percentage have been allocated libertarian.

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Re: Campaign Strategies
« Reply #28 on: October 27, 2006, 10:07:41 AM »
I vote for Mikulski every election.  Personally, I think she's prettier in person, but not a mainstream sex object, either:

great hair day! (click for pic.)

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Re: Campaign Strategies
« Reply #29 on: October 27, 2006, 11:03:37 AM »
Holy lord... get a load of the moustache on that one.
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