Skip to comments.Elections 101: Caveat Emptor
Posted on 04/02/2012 12:15:49 AM PDT by gabriellah
To defeat Barack Obama, Republicans cant nominate a candidate who relies on outspending his opponents 7-1, said Presidential Candidate Newt Gingrich last week, referring to rival Mitt Romney, who overwhelmingly won the Illinois primary on March 20th. Indeed, the Associated Press reported that Romney and his allies outspent Santorum and his backers by $3.5 million to $500,000, an advantage of 7-1.
Gingrichs remark showcases an inevitable aspect of the election process: our votes are up for auction and the highest bidder gets them. Sadly, he doesnt always have to offer payment in the form of results, credentials, policies, or history. And he doesnt always have to offer it to us. More often than not, the lucky buyer who walks away with the prized purchase of our votes has not given us anything at all, but has shelled out his funds on advertising, analysis, traveling and staffing costs. I cant help but feel that were getting the raw end of the deal.
Gingrichs insightful comment does not, of course, signify that his campaign has decided to take a principled stand against exorbitant spending, but merely that his synapses are still firing quickly enough to turn out those characteristically witty comebacks which were responsible for his short-lived surge in the polls late last year. When reports came in last month that big-money Republican donor Sheldon Adelson was expected to give $10 million to Gingrichs Super PAC, the media networks were all abuzz with predictions that the new funds would shake up the primary race and give the former House Speaker a dramatic rise in the polls. This story serves to illustrate the fact that the pecuniary nature of elections is well-known generally and not frowned upon by our society.
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This is absurd. If a candidate has the money, why not spend it? The problem isn't so much a free-spending campaign as it is an undiscerning public that does no due diligence in evaluating the claims of the candidates.
In the general, we'd better hope we have a candidate that can compete with Obama's money machine.
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