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The effectiveness of negative campaign ads, as told by my mother

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My family lives in Ohio so, you know, big primary day for them today. My dad — an “independent” who has never voted for a Democrat in his life as far as I know but has been known to vote for 3rd party candidates — voted for McCain. I talked to my mom as she was on the way to the polling place. She was going so she could vote about school board taxes, but said she’d probably refrain from voting in the presidential race. If she was going to vote for anyone it would be a Democrat, she said, but she “just didn’t like all that fighting” they did. What fighting, I asked? You know, those campaign ads; they’re always calling each other names. Well, they’re competing against each other, what do you want them to do? I said. Well I just don’t like it. And there you have it.

My friends and I like to share with each other our parents’ reasons for supporting or hating various political figures. The best is probably one friends’ mother, who dislikes Al Gore because he “got fat” after the 2004 election and “if someone could just get fat like that, who knows what they would do in office.”


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March 5, 2008 at 12:35 am

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  1. That sounds like a nearly identical conversation I would have with my mom.


    March 5, 2008 at 4:34 pm

  2. Year’s ago, one of my mom’s elderly friends announced at a sizable lunch gathering that she was voting for George Bush. When she got a lot of surprised looks at this outburst she said it was because “that Laura is just so nice. I like her.” We refrained from saying “You do know it’s her husband that will actually be in the job, right?”


    March 5, 2008 at 4:57 pm

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