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Why don't the candidates provide ideas about:
All that time on TV, and absoluely no clue as to how these and other important issues would be addressed by the potential presidents. Instead, we just got a slew of "Vote for me because I know what I'm doing and the other guy is clueless".
What a disappointing spectacle.
They're pandering to the average voter, who based on their complex polls must have the IQ of zucchini. The fact that George W. Bush will most likely win again is a testament to just how pathetic the Democratic party is right now that for 2 straight election years they haven't been able to find a candidate who is the least bit inspiring.
Posted by: Chris Hill Festival at September 3, 2004 9:35 PM
I think the two-party system encourages the leading candidates to produce simplistic and facile position statements. Why risk offending someone by taking a position at all unless the other candidate is also talking about the issue? Once you've decided to take a position, why bother with nuance when a soundbite will suffice to swing a block of voters? I think we'd see better position statements if there were more choices. http://www.sfelections.org/demo/ was mentioned in a recent post to the Lessig Blog. San Francisco is demoing declared strategy voting, which seems like a good solution to the two-party problem.
Posted by: Sean Foy at September 4, 2004 9:32 PM
You mentioned that the politicking this season can be summed up as "[v]ote for me because I know what I'm doing and the other guy is clueless". If only it were that nice. The newest trend seems to be more along the lines of "vote for me or we'll be attacked by terrorists".
Anyway, I couldn't agree with you more about Vietnam. I don't care about what happened back then and never have. I do, however, care about the economy. Too bad the politicians don't seem to realize that that's what I prefer to hear them talk about.
Posted by: david at September 9, 2004 2:55 PM
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