Wednesday, November 05, 2008

The Politics of Hope Versus The Mendacity Of Stupid

For the first time in nearly a dozen years, a campaign based on something other than sliming the opponent actually won.

I won't spend a huge amount of time on Obama's victory right now, I merely want to recognize that for a change, the Rethuglican tactics of smearing opponents with lies and attack ads failed. I can only hope this marks the end of the ugly tactics favored by Karl Rove in both the United States and Canada.

The McCain/Palin ticket followed the Rove playbook almost slavishly - Palin in particular turned me off as soon as she started opening her mouth. Much of what she said on a variety of subjects was so obviously false as to be offensive. Political campaigns should be about character and ideas, not character assassination. I was glad to see Obama's victory last night be solid (338 electoral votes to McCain's 163) - even Bush's victory in 2004 wasn't as solid.

6 comments:

Véronique said...

It's a good day to be American. Boy, I haven't thought that in a long time.

MgS said...

Just at a guess, probably since somewhere around November, 2000?

Véronique said...

Maybe even November 1980!

Anonymous said...

"It's the answer spoken by young and old, Black, white. Latino, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled --- Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been a colletion of Red States and Blue States: we are, and always will be, the United States of America."

Barack Obama President Elect
Election night November 4, 2008

Is it a sign that Obama and American Society is recognizing that gay people are part of American Society? Let's hope so!

quixote said...

"Is it a sign that Obama and American Society is recognizing that gay people are part of American Society? Let's hope so!"

Yeah, too bad all the ban-same-sex marriage propositions (California Proposition 8 for example) won.

Oh well, it's not like gay-rights movement is going to lay down and die - it just sucks that they're going to have to wait even longer.

katemcdonald said...

It was a historic day indeed! I cried watching the coverage!