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120 days ago.
by Ohwiseone
harryanderson
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Retail politics decline a good thing?

Sandhya Somashekhar has an article in today’s Washington Post about the general decline of hand-shaking retail politics. That story’s lead says, “Congressional hopefuls from California to Delaware are shunning the traditional trappings of campaigns, avoiding public events, debates and other venues where they can't control the action.” Today’s politicians rely on targeted direct-mail advertising and electronic media. It occurs to me that only skilled public relations people like actors may have a shot at being elected in the future. We’ve already seen entertainment figures with little problem-solving experience, like Jesse Ventura and Arnold Schwarzeneggar, move easily into elected office. This trend probably reflects our move away from face-to-face communication and toward electronically-mediated communication. Is this good or bad? Why?

 
 

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Ohwiseone

Only a liar wouldn't know where its local is ! Only a liar wouldn't know where its local is ! Only a liar wouldn't know where its local is ! Only a liar wouldn't know where its local is ! Only a liar wouldn't know where its local is ! Only a liar wouldn't know where its local is !

Posted 120 days ago.

Stillhere

I like your post Kunnec

Posted 121 days ago.

Kunectdots

ok, neocurmudgeon74. I'll give my interpretation of the acceptance of prepackaged politicians.

I believe it can be largely attributed to the overall dumbing down of America and, in that, both major US political parties are culpable.

I am slanted toward being resentful toward the party that presently displays a drive toward turning America into another Third-world slum and is content with bribing the Indians to sell their heritage for twenty-four dollars worth of bobbles and beads.

Sorry about that, wrong century! Try bribing the indigenous peoples with "free" cell phones is more apropos.

Posted 124 days ago.

harryanderson

I like your post, neocurdle.

Posted 124 days ago.

Ohwiseone

I give you an example and yet somehow that doesn't satisfy you konect ! Typically republiduds do resist the truth ! That's not on me but all you !

Posted 124 days ago.

Stillhere

Hope and change, couldn't be more vague

Posted 124 days ago.

neocurmudgeon74

Back to the question: It is a bad thing.

Candidates have always been packaged as products (at least beginning no later than William Henry Harrison's "Tippecanoe & Tyler too" campaign. Since 1840, information flows more & more easily through improved media. This should make it easier to see though the packaging, but packaging also gets better. Sometimes we learn more, but right now I'd guess packaging is pulling ahead. Work for better use of media. Including this one; this site could be a shining example of open-minded impartial exploration, but it isn't.

Posted 124 days ago.

Stillhere

It's a bit of an obsession Kunect don't try to understand.

Posted 124 days ago.

Kunectdots

ohwiseone - You'd do well to stay out of the sauce when trying to express yourself. WOW!

Posted 125 days ago.

Ohwiseone

See , that is just one random page that could be reported !

Stillhere

No surprise that you are showing yourself to be an even bigger P OS than what I already though.

Yeah next thing I may say you support child molestation, errrrr wait that's YOU SW

Posted 125 days ago.

Ohwiseone

Do you think your ousting was just kismet ? Or a mistake ? Theres a reason you were vaporized !

Posted 125 days ago.

Stillhere

LOL no doubt its happened more than once.

Posted 125 days ago.

Kunectdots

AND I believe you're quite capable of saying your reaching back and, in reality, pulling out some BS that doesn't exist.

Posted 125 days ago.

Ohwiseone

I believe youre quite capable of looking through these histories of these forums !

Posted 125 days ago.

Kunectdots

Care to cite some examples, or are you going to say something rivetingly 'definitive' like your neighbor's grandmother told you so?

Posted 125 days ago.

Ohwiseone

»Report Abuse<<< Theres much to report if one looks deep enough ! The histories here provides ample material to let some hang themselves !

Posted 125 days ago.

Stillhere

»Report Abuse mythravere The problem doesn't lie with me not voting but rather with those that do and do so stupidly.

Well you claim voting doesn't matter, so how can one vote stupidly? Again your logic has more holes than Swiss cheese

Posted 126 days ago.

Ohwiseone

There in lay your problem ......thinking !

Posted 126 days ago.

Kunectdots

ohwiseone - I almost caught a whiff of 'oneill' with your last comment.

Oneill (IMO) was/is too much of a commentary junkie to have walked away from these threads cleanly.

I think he still exists...here and now.

Posted 126 days ago.

mythravere

The problem doesn't lie with me not voting but rather with those that do and do so stupidly.

Posted 140 days ago.
 
 
 
 

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