October 25, 2006


As you all know political blogging is not something I generally do. Yet there is something about the up coming elections that really has me irritated. Itís nothing new, you see it every election, but as I pay more and more attention to the candidates the more annoyed I become. Mud Slinging. To me this is the absolute worse form of campaigning a candidate can do.

Instead of trying to sell me on why a candidate is the best person for the job, they are trying to convince me that their opponent isnít worthy of the position. Mud slinging gives me the impression that the candidate has no good qualities and must hide their inadequacies by making their opponent look worse. Lets take the Gubernatorial race in Illinois. The two leading candidates are the incumbent Rod Blagojevich and the challenger Judy Baar Topinka. I have yet to see an add to tell me what each candidate offers or stands for, all Iíve seen is how the opponent is corrupt or incompetent. Now to be honest, the Governor race is looking like Iím going to write myself in. Neither of the candidates appears to be anything worth voting for. I donít trust either one to run the state any better then Clone could.

Now today in the mail I receive a flyer for a challenger in the State representative race. It tells me how the incumbent is a bad man because he wanted to allow concealed carry. Meanwhile, all the ads and literature Iíve seen for the incumbent tell me what heís done for the state and what he wants to do. Since Iím obviously pro-gun and anti-mudslinging, this little ad backfired for the challenger. Iím going to be voting for the incumbent. Which up until this point I was still up in the air about.

Posted by Contagion in Rants and Raves at October 25, 2006 06:07 PM | TrackBack

Unfortunately, mud-slinging works. Otherwise they wouldn't spend so much time doing it.

I like the ones that tell me that So-and-so is bad because he stands for damned near everthing I believe in: pro-gun, pro-life, low taxes, very little government involvement in my life... ie, a big mean ol' Conservative.

Posted by: Wes at October 25, 2006 08:12 PM

I think that is true in all states getting ready for the elections.

Posted by: vw bug at October 26, 2006 05:09 AM

The mudslinging is even greater in states like Tennessee and Missouri. They are getting down and dirty...and not in a good way.

Posted by: Shawn at October 26, 2006 07:52 PM

At least you have an election. In NC there are 170 seats in the General Assembly that expire this year. Less than 70 of them even HAVE an opponent. Of those 70, about 60 have token opposition -- the name is there, but they will be lucky if they get more than 15% of the vote. Of the remaining 10, about 8 of those will have at least a 15-point victory (57-42). That leaves about 2 (of the 170 seats) that MIGHT actually have a competitive election. It blows goats.

Posted by: Ogre at October 27, 2006 08:44 AM

Wes - I know what you mean. In Wisconsin, they tried smearing Gov. candidate Mark Green by saying "he supported Bush over 90% of the time".

Dude, that's a feature, not a bug.

Posted by: Harvey at November 7, 2006 09:52 AM