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Proposed rule - political campaigns

by Mac McMullen / November 20, 2006 8:00 AM PST

I propose -

?If you cannot say something good about someone - say nothing?

Would probably be the demise of political campaigns.

The remaining exaggerated truths would be pure entertainment.

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"Going negative" didn't seem to work as well
by SE Moderators / November 26, 2006 11:39 PM PST

in this last election, Del -- and there were some backlashes to the benefit of both ends of the political spectrum. I doubt it can legally be mandated, but if the voters truly say "enough," the effect will be the same as if there were regulation.

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It had an impact it my state,
by Angeline Booher / November 27, 2006 3:41 AM PST

Tying Ford to his uncle seemed to work. Also repeating the phrase,"Political family..."

The race card ad was finally pulled, but ran long enough,

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A better rule:
by Paul C / November 27, 2006 4:03 AM PST

With the exception of no foreign money in political campaigns and prompt electronic reporting (say, 48 hours), no rules

I want money - how much, how obtained and to what end - to be an issue in every campaign. Let those who receive the dollars have to explain why they have decided to get in bed with their contributors, and what that tryst means for we, the people.

It wouldn't prevent our pols from being whores; it would at least allow folks to realize who they're selling themselves to, and their price...

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what also bothers me is
by WOODS-HICK / November 27, 2006 6:51 AM PST

the amount of money poured into a particular state from either party that can overwhelm the finances of a local contender. money from donors from other states influence the elections in yours.

negative ads are expensive to run and to defend against; especially if your party is not behind you.

why should joe from texas help finance the election of jane from vermont?

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and another thing
by Steven Haninger / November 27, 2006 7:07 AM PST

is how can it be that almost every candidate is suddenly the "bosom buddy" of some schmo that's been caught up in a high profile scandal or received other negative press? You would think these folk do nothing with their lives but schmooze with dopes and plan their deceitful acts...chortling as they do so. How dumb do these campaign geniuses think we are?

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