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    There was a GOTV commercial a number of years back that featured the geekist and most egocentric person in existance (well they were being portrayed that way, and as a geek, I thought it was humorous) who claimed because of his extensive reading of sci-fi novels was more worthy of deciding the fate of the country than any mere mortal. The commercial ended with a voice over of 'this guy votes' and something like 'shouldn't you?'.

    But onto my real arguements.

    My feelings about the sex appeal and food bribes smells more of betrayal than elitism. A good friend of mine, who was a Dean supporter with many reasons for being as such, gave up his principals for the pizza and to talk to a pretty girl. And at the time he made it obvious that pizza was more important than the future of our country. This is not to say that I didn't know people who supported candidates other than mine for good reasons (in their reasoning, not mine of course) and I respect their descisions as such.

    But the caucus system, especially in large precincts with hundreds of attendies allows for only limitied discourse and dissimination of information at best. At worst it allows for quick expressions of lies that can't be fact checked and for non-logical appeals. A creepy banker might still be able to give you a good deal while a sweet talking nice guy banker can give you a bad deal. And the fact that huge numbers of undecided voters (in the Iowa caucuses at least) didn't even decided who they were going to support until they got there, it encourages and allows people to be lazy and not do their research and to be fooled at the last minute by a fast talking p.t. barnum wanna be. That's not democracy, that's marketing.

    Let's get a (Democratic) party started! Because when its time to party we will always (Democratic) Party HARD!

    by Izixs on Tue Mar 02, 2004 at 02:48:45 AM PST

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    •  Well, (4.00)
      for better or for worse, democracy IS marketing.  If it wasn't about marketing, then campaigns would spend less money on advertisements and more money, say, publishing research and position papers.

      They don't.

      If a candidate has good things to say, but can't package it in a way that the public will find appealing, then that candidate is going to be a bad president, given how much of the power of the modern presidency comes from the presidential soapbox.  If a candidate sucks at marketing himself and his ideas when he isn't president... he'll be even worse when he is.

      First. Discriminatory. Amendment.

      by emjaycue on Tue Mar 02, 2004 at 03:14:35 AM PST

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