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Negative Advertising (Sowell on Obama)
Jewish World Review ^ | October 14, 2008 | Thomas Sowell

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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TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; enemedia; msm; obama; sowell; thomassowell; tsbo
Thomas Sowell columns re Obama

The Real Obama: Part IV
The Real Obama: Part III
The Real Obama: Part II
The Real Obama
Do Facts Matter?
Idols of Crowds
Changes in Politics
Whose “Special Interests”?
The Galbraith Effect
…As Well As Several Other Issues
Are Facts Obsolete?
Conservatives for Obama?
Cocky Ignorance
Obama and McCain
Irrelevant Apologies
Success Built on Work Ethic
An Old Newness
A Living Lie
Obama’s Speech
Race and Politics
Non-Judgmental Nonsense

1 posted on 10/13/2008 3:26:13 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

i love this man.

talk about a lone voice in the wilderness.


2 posted on 10/13/2008 3:27:41 PM PDT by housedeep
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To: AbeKrieger; abigail2; Alia; Amalie; American Quilter; arthurus; awelliott; Bahbah; bamahead; ...
*PING*
Thomas Sowell

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Recent columns
The Real Obama: Part IV
The Real Obama: Part III
The Real Obama: Part II

Please FReepmail me if you would like to be added to, or removed from, the Thomas Sowell ping list…

3 posted on 10/13/2008 3:27:42 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: jazusamo

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”.


4 posted on 10/13/2008 3:28:47 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (I'm voting for McCain/Palin so I can look my grandkids in the eye when I tell them I'm sorry.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
Well, of course. That white toilet paper is just trying to embarrass The One cause he's black (sort of)! I think I need to say a few "God Damn Americas" to sooth my rage at a country that has to insist on white TP.

Dr. Sowell's a breath of fresh air in the sewer that is this election. Smartest man in America.
5 posted on 10/13/2008 3:43:13 PM PDT by According2RecentPollsAirIsGood
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To: housedeep

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
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxhYampIl7A


6 posted on 10/13/2008 4:28:44 PM PDT by listenhillary (Should we turn Alaska or Texas into our Galt's Gulch?)
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To: jazusamo
In words, Obama is a uniter instead of a divider. In deeds, he has spent years promoting polarization. That is what a "community organizer" does, creating a sense of grievance, envy and resentment, in order to mobilize political action to get more of the taxpayers' money or to force banks to lend to people they don't consider good risks, as the community organizing group ACORN did.

God Bless Thomas Sowell.

7 posted on 10/13/2008 4:33:35 PM PDT by T. Buzzard Trueblood (Odinga is the new Ayers.)
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To: jazusamo; Obadiah; Mind-numbed Robot; A.Hun; johnny7; The Spirit Of Allegiance; ...
Bump for a classic Sowell article.

8 posted on 10/13/2008 6:00:44 PM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (We come to FR to pool our skepticism.)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion
'What are called "the real issues" are election-year talking points, while the actual track record of the candidates is treated as a distraction— and somehow an unworthy distraction.

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.'

*RIM SHOT*

9 posted on 10/13/2008 6:08:10 PM PDT by T Lady (The Mainstream Media: Public Enemy #1)
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To: jazusamo

10 posted on 10/13/2008 6:28:39 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

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.


11 posted on 10/13/2008 7:54:40 PM PDT by ForGod'sSake (ABCNNBCBS: a lie will travel halfway around the world before the truth can get its socks on!)
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To: jazusamo
Dr. Sowell is always on target, but I really got a kick out of this from my own stomping grounds, the town where I grew up...

Hank Williams Jr. sings the "McCain-Palin Tradition" at a McCain-Palin Rally in Virginia Beach, Virginia!

Go Princess Anne Cavaliers! Rock The House!

12 posted on 10/13/2008 7:59:37 PM PDT by smoothsailing ( Bill Russell can defeat John Murtha - Visit http://russellbrigade.com/)
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To: RedRover; GitmoSailor; Just A Nobody; freema; lilycicero; Girlene; 4woodenboats; Gene Eric; ...
See post #12 above!
13 posted on 10/13/2008 8:10:05 PM PDT by smoothsailing ( Bill Russell can defeat John Murtha - Visit http://russellbrigade.com/)
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To: smoothsailing

Bump for Hank Jr., he’s a good ole boy!

FRmail to you.


14 posted on 10/13/2008 8:11:24 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: smoothsailing

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.


15 posted on 10/13/2008 8:14:46 PM PDT by impeachedrapist (Bill Clinton, as Arkansas Attorney General did you make Juanita Broaddrick pay for her rape kit?)
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To: jazusamo; smoothsailing
My favorite part today was where Hank Jr., immediately upon his introduction, screamed

"Are you ready for some Sa-ra-a-a-ahhh!?!?"

Not surprisingly, that got quite a big cheer. :-)

16 posted on 10/13/2008 8:16:28 PM PDT by impeachedrapist (Bill Clinton, as Arkansas Attorney General did you make Juanita Broaddrick pay for her rape kit?)
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To: smoothsailing

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.


17 posted on 10/13/2008 8:20:44 PM PDT by lilycicero (Always classy ain't I?)
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To: impeachedrapist; jazusamo
Good stuff, IR! I didn't realize Hank sang the song in Richmond! Heck, that's where I was born!
18 posted on 10/13/2008 8:23:09 PM PDT by smoothsailing ( Bill Russell can defeat John Murtha - Visit http://russellbrigade.com/)
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To: lilycicero

You so bad! ;-)


19 posted on 10/13/2008 8:24:09 PM PDT by smoothsailing ( Bill Russell can defeat John Murtha - Visit http://russellbrigade.com/)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

BTTT


20 posted on 10/14/2008 2:55:42 AM PDT by E.G.C. (To read a freeper's FR postings, click on his or her screen name and then "In Forum".)
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To: jazusamo

Thanks, jazusamo.

It is our loss that Thomas Sowell and people like him are not interested in running for Office. What a wonderful Senator he would’ve been.


21 posted on 10/14/2008 4:50:30 AM PDT by Tolik (2008: Maverick/Barracuda vs. Messiah/Mouth or The Hero vs. the Zero and "Our mama beats your Obama")
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To: T. Buzzard Trueblood

Amen. Thomas Sowell is a national treasure.


22 posted on 10/14/2008 5:04:59 AM PDT by edge10
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion; jazusamo

Thanks for the ping. A classic indeed! Thanks for posting. HOORAY Thomas Sowell!


23 posted on 10/14/2008 7:26:15 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: listenhillary

Killer video, loved it. Unfortunately, you must remember the following quote.

You cannot reason someone out of a position that they did not use reason to get into in the first place. - Alexander Pope


24 posted on 10/14/2008 8:18:31 AM PDT by Sergio (If a tree fell on a mime in the forest, would he make a sound?)
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To: smoothsailing; jazusamo

This would be a pretty good sing-a-long!

Love Sowell, anytime...anywhere.


25 posted on 10/14/2008 7:12:10 PM PDT by freema (MarineNiece,Daughter,Wife,Friend,Sister,Friend,Aunt,Friend,Mother,Friend,Cousin, FRiend)
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To: jazusamo
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.

McCain/Palin, doing the vetting the MSM refuses to do.

26 posted on 10/14/2008 7:47:22 PM PDT by stayathomemom ( nowanemptynester)
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