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  •  I'm starting to twitch... (2+ / 0-)
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    linc, Micheline

    every time I hear the phrase "low-information voter."

    There's a simple word that describes low-information and high-information voters alike:


    Whether you're a surgeon with years of schooling under your belt or a ditch-digger who never stepped foot inside a university, your vote counts the same.

    It's the beauty of democracy, and I can't help but see the hint of elitism in the phrase "low-information voter."

    Now, do I wish that more Americans were civically minded, and, biased Democrat that I am, do I think our party would do better in such a world?

    Yes, but that's not the reality.

    Maybe it's time to give the LIV phrase a rest.

    How about I believe in the unlucky ones?

    by BenderRodriguez on Thu Oct 18, 2012 at 03:07:07 AM PDT

    •  Please! Give it a rest indeed. (1+ / 0-)
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      Nothing screams elitist liberal like a liberal being an elitist.

      Give me a f'ing banana - Eddie Izzard

      by linc on Thu Oct 18, 2012 at 03:20:50 AM PDT

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    •  I disagree (6+ / 0-)

      I feel it's everyone's civic duty to be informed about the issues and candidates.  I spend a good chunk of time in every election researching the little-known races, reading the statements of everyone from judges to school board candidates so that I can make good choices for my community and country.  If other people don't want to pay any attention to the race other than the bits of distorted gibberish they pick up in passing the Yahoo front page on their way to pick up e-mail, or from the TV blaring CNN or Fox in the waiting room of the car repair shop, then they deserve the label.  This is a real phenomenon, and these are real people.  There is nothing elitist about it.  I'm no pointy-headed perfesser; I just take my duty as a voter more seriously than some others.  I don't look down on others for choosing not to- it's their lives, after all- but I'm perfectly comfortable in referring to them as what they are.  

    •  Uh, look, (4+ / 0-)

      votes are the same, but voters obviously are not the same. Distinguishing voters who are still unaware of who to vote for at this late stage from everyone else is simply reality-based analysis, not elitism.

      Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism.

      by Zutroy on Thu Oct 18, 2012 at 04:53:54 AM PDT

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