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Friday, October 06, 2006

Mudslide

Never seen the movie "Mean Girls?"

Don't worry, just wait for the torrential downpour of negative TV ads about to flood the South Carolina airwaves.

It won't be all that much different.

"Everybody's stupid during election years," a West Wing character once remarked to a colleague.

"No, everybody gets treated like they're stupid during election years," the colleague fired back.

Exactly.

We are slowing descending into the greatest issue-less campaign in state history, and we're still a few weeks away from seeing the heavy artillery emerge. Forget the Peeler-Hodges "Neg-a-Palooza" of 2002, or the Inegative Tenenbaum U.S. Senate campaign of 2004.

2006 is shaping up to be the muddiest race South Carolina has seen in a long time, and it's the issues that are going to suffer the most.

Concerned with minority small business ownership? Let's argue instead about where the NAACP debate is going to be held.

Want to talk about our state's Triple-A credit rating, multi-billion unfunded liability or anemic investment returns? Bor-ing. Instead, let's falsely accuse Richard Eckstrom of remodeling his current office or worry about what future office T-Rav may run for.

Want to have a real debate over school choice and whether it would actually improve our public school graduation rate? Let's not, but claim that Karen Floyd was complicit in a vehicular homocide instead.

Looking for a merit-based discussion on immigration? Instead let's ... actually, come to think of it, Ralph Norman walked right into that one.

Now we're not without sin here at FITS ... far from it, in fact.

Part of politics is entertainment, though, and making people laugh is often the first step in making their hearts and minds more accessible to new ideas.

But the nation's worst graduation rate is no laughing matter. Nor is the Southeast's highest income tax, or second-highest unemployment rate, or the astronomical 22% spending increase we've seen over the last two years, or South Carolina's $24 bilion in unfunded liabilities, or the fact we rank in the bottom 1% nationally in getting a return on our state's investments.

It's not funny at all that our General Assembly would put a question on the ballot asking voters to outlaw something that's already illegal but then refuse to give citizens the power to restructure their government or decide how fast it should grow.

Yeah, that makes sense.

In the final analysis, we get the government we deserve. And we get the campaigns we deserve, too.

As for us, we'll take Lindsey Lohan, Rachel McAdams and the rest of the "Plastics" any day.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here here!

This is the strangest political season of my life.

There is going to be lots and lots of noise in the last three weeks, and I think it will turn into one big muddle...and the voters of SC will turn away the negative and send a full slate of Republicans to office.

5:33 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will,
This is perhaps one of the best posts your have made in recent weeks. I totally agree. I have never understood the nature of politics and why some tend to concentrate in irrelevant issues when there are so many important things we can and should discuss/debate.

6:40 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mudslinging??? If we made our decision to vote against negetive ads then we would not be voting for anyone this election. Both parties are accusing each other when both parties are doing it.

10:29 AM

 

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