Sunday, October 26, 2008

If You Have Nothing Nice to Say...

According to professor William Schenck-Hamlin, "The use of negative political ads has increased dramatically over the last 25 years."

Many people have noticed that this election has an awful lot of negative advertising.

Allow me to submit a reason: the candidates suck.

In social situations, if you haven't anything nice to say then the rule is to say nothing at all. However, in politics, if there's nothing nice to say about yourself, then you need to say something bad about your opponent.

Essentially, each candidate is saying that if even if you think of him as bad, the other guy is worse, and bad is preferable to worse.

Hmm. Any wonder why we end up with so many bad presidents?

1 comment:

  1. Just once, I'd like to see a candidate refuse to say negative things about his opponent. Imagine someone who spoke only of his goals as president, and who took any attacks from others without responding in kind. A simple, "no, I don't" or a repeat of the truth. Perhaps some would perceive this as a sign of weakness, but the candidate could explain that he was determined to refrain from criticizing others no matter what was said. I think that would show integrity and strength, which would be needed to make real changes in Washington (unlike the claims Obama makes--oh shit, there I go with the negative comments--I guess I wouldn't make a good candidate by my own standards).

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