Thursday, October 21, 2010

The enthusiasm gap

Election Day draws ever closer, the political mudslinging grows more intense daily, and my enthusiasm for wandering over to an early voting location dwindles a little more with each passing moment.  The one and only person on the ballot I actually want to vote for is going to win regardless of anything I do -- Congressman Lewis is safely ensconced in a solidly Democratic district; his competition always comes in the primary, not the general.  I probably will drag my reluctant ass to the polls, if only for the reason that it does feel good after spending 4 years in Nebraska to be confident that the candidate I support will actually win, but for sure I understand why the average voter has so little desire to pull the figurative lever for anyone this year. 

Last night Ed Schultz's totally nonscientific survey question for his viewers was something along the lines of  "Has this been the most hate-filled campaign of all time?"  No doubt tonight's question will be something equally challenging, like "Is water wet?"  The various pundits and political operatives keep talking about the enthusiasm gap, and what can they do to get voters fired up enough to go to the polls -- well, how about putting some serious effort into getting candidates to stop engaging in a race to the bottom with ads that spend more time screaming "I hate Mexicans more than my opponent!!" than they do providing anything substantive to convince me the candidate has more on his or her mind than deporting day laborers? 

I would also love to see a Republican politician who was willing to admit that voting for him or her isn't going to do a thing to remove Nancy Pelosi from office.  Every time I see an ad for a Republican running for Congress, I find myself thinking, wow, are the teabaggers going to be pissed when they elect Joe Schmoe and then wake up the following day to discover that Ms. Pelosi is still representing California's 8th District.  Who could have known that voting for some schmuck in Georgia or Wisconsin would have absolutely no influence on what happened at the polls in San Francisco?  

Then again, when you have Republican candidates and office holders who seem to be in a competition to see who can provide the most blatant display of ignorance, I shouldn't be surprised they're assuming their supporters are even dumber than they are.


  1. I think their supporters really are as dumb as they think they are, sadly.

  2. It doesn't matter who we vote for, we're screwed any way you look at it.

    This system simply isn't any good anymore and must topple so we can try to build something better on top of the ashes.

    After all, even the forefathers knew that America was just an experiment.

  3. I agree with Maui and BBC. It's a mess.

    I just saw a Jim Marshall commercial tonight. He's a Democrat bashing Nancy Pelosi and her health care plan "we can't afford."

    Of course there's all kinds of money for war......

  4. Lisa, I see the same ads you do. If a person didn't know Marshall is supposedly a Democrat, you'd never know it from his ads -- there's absolutely no sign of his party affiliation. Not only is he running as hard as he can away from Pelosi and Obama, he's trying desperately to avoid being associated with Roy Barnes or any other Democratic candidate within the state of Georgia. I'm halfway hoping he loses -- he's a Republican in everything but party affiliation now, so why not have the real thing occupying that seat?


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