Skip to comments.Negative Advertising (Sowell on Obama)
Posted on 10/13/2008 3:26:12 PM PDT by jazusamo
One of the oldest phenomena of American elections criticism of one's opponent has in recent times been stigmatized by much of the media as "negative advertising."
Is this because the criticism has gotten more vicious or more personal? You might think so, if you were totally ignorant of history, as so many of the graduates of even our elite universities are.
Although Grover Cleveland was elected President twice, he had to overcome a major scandal that he had fathered a child out of wedlock, which was considered more of a disgrace then than today. Even giants like Lincoln and Jefferson were called names that neither McCain nor Obama has been called.
Why then is "negative advertising" such a big deal these days? The dirty little secret is this: Liberal candidates have needed to escape their past and pretend that they are not liberals, because so many voters have had it with liberals.
In 1988, Governor Michael Dukakis of Massachusetts called himself a "technocrat," a pragmatic solver of problems, despite a classic liberal track record of big spending, big taxes, and policies that were anti-business and pro-criminal.
When the truth about what he actually did as governor was brought out during the Presidential election campaign, the media were duly shocked not by Dukakis' record, but by the Republicans' exposing his record.
John Kerry, with a very similar ultra-liberal record, topped off by inflammatory and unsubstantiated attacks on American military men in Vietnam, disdained the whole process of labeling as something unworthy. And the mainstream media closed ranks around him as well, deploring those who labeled Kerry a liberal.
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i love this man.
talk about a lone voice in the wilderness.
Pointing out to “The One” that he has a piece of toilet paper stuck to his shoe will get you branded for life as a “racist”.
Youtube - this guy is pretty outrageous.
Hey y’all! God bless ya’s! I’m Zo!
Founder of Macho Sauce Productions.
I’m a musician, martial artist, amateur movie makin’, Christian conservative republican. Groovie oovie!
BTW I’m Voting For Mccain / Palin -— see why
God Bless Thomas Sowell.
Bump for a classic Sowell article.
Does anyone in real life put more faith in what people say than in what they do? A few gullible people do and they often get deceived and defrauded big time.
Barack Obama has carried election-year makeovers to a new high, presenting himself a uniter of people, someone reaching across the partisan divide and the racial divide after decades of promoting polarization in each of his successive roles and each of his choices of political allies.
Yet the media treat exposing a fraudulent election-year image as far worse than letting someone acquire the powers of the highest office in the land through sheer deception.'
One of the things I like about Sowell is his economy of words. Articulate but gets right to the point without the flourish the mouth breathers seem to like so much. Another keeper. Thanks.
Go Princess Anne Cavaliers! Rock The House!
Bump for Hank Jr., he’s a good ole boy!
FRmail to you.
I actually heard Bocephus perform this tune at the Richmond rally. He also sang the national anthem. Hank rode up in Sarah’s bus with her and Todd.
"Are you ready for some Sa-ra-a-a-ahhh!?!?"
Not surprisingly, that got quite a big cheer. :-)
He was the first person I ever ever saw in concert....I even stuck a can of chew in my back pocket to get the “ring effect”....hahaha.
You so bad! ;-)