Thus revealed, the creature buried its nose in the tire-tilled soil...
October 15, 2010
When I plan my USA road trip...
Category: Current Events … Serious

...remind me to leave Georgia and Alabama the heck off my list of stops. Seriously, what the Cybertronian frag is up with these ads?!? I'd love to see a post-partisan political environment, but we don't have that right now -- and running against members of your own party (outside of the primary season) and their achievements is just lame. Jim Marshall boasts of voting with Republicans 65% of the time. The flip is up with that?! Bobby Bright, if your constituents are that amped on conservatives, and you want to serve the majority of them, then I guess you should freaking switch parties!

Now, I'm sure someone told them that these kinds of spots would help them to win the elections, but ugh. If I'm a conservative, I don't want the guy who voted with Republicans 65% of the time -- I want the guy who voted with them 100% (or at least 90+%) of the time. I don't want the guy who says he'll support a conservative, I want the guy who is one. And if I'm a liberal, I'm not going to be particularly excited about voting for either of these candidates -- I'd probably prefer to pack my bags and move to California with the happy dancing hippies (and absent phony Southern accents).

Thankfully, I don't live in either of those states, but the advertising here in Maryland has been pretty depressing too. My massive DVD collection means I don't watch much actual television these days (tonight's viewing -- Torture Garden -- was pretty awesome), but when I have had the TV on during the past few days I've been utterly disgusted by the deluge of O'Malley/Ehrlich attack ads. Really, I don't much care that the other guy is a gin-yoo-wahn asshole; I want to know what makes you so great and worthy of my vote. Maybe I'm unique in that respect.

I also don't like how O'Malley's ads explicitly refer to Ehrlich as having been "fired" by the people of Maryland. Yeah, Ehrlich lost the last election to O'Malley, but that's not quite the same as being fired. One generally assumes that an individual who was fired lost his/her job because of poor performance, but one can do a perfectly serviceable job in office (if not an excellent one) and still lose a political election -- all that requires is for a candidate to fail to communicate his/her virtues effectively, or for an opponent to exaggerate/fabricate his/her shortcomings. O'Malley has my vote guaranteed due to my progressive leanings, but I can understand why someone similarly disillusioned and disappointed with these ads would just stay home on election day.

Given the universal crackdown and enmity for anti-gay bullying in the wake of the recent suicides (despite this having been more/less tolerated -- if not accepted -- behavior for as long as I can remember), do you think political advertisements would stop being so fucking dumb if I shot myself in the head and cited that as the reason? Probably not, but one can dream. 🙁

-posted by Wes | 5:42 am | Comments (5)
  • mickelodeon says:

    If you're liberal and moving to California, steer clear of the OC! Did you hear about Sarah Palin having a do in Anaheim yesterday and both Meg Foster...erm, Whitman and Carly Fiornia were absent, having stated there were confilcts in scheduling?

    • Wes says:

      The OC is very conservative? I thought you were all dancing frozen-banana-eating hippies out there! Well, except your mum. I'm so sorry I didn't get to meet her during my visit, if only because I've never formally met anyone who doesn't find Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck to be utterly ridiculous. XD

      And yes, I did hear about Whitman and Fiorina snubbing Palin -- scheduling conflicts my ass. Politics is so ludicrous these days that I should adapt Moss football speak to open discussions about it. 🙂

  • mickelodeon says:

    OMG the OC is a haven for the conservative set. I'm surprised I was allowed over the county line lo, those many years ago. I am sorry you didn't get to meet my mum, too. And so was she. When you visit again, we'll have to make time to see her up 101 way.

    The only thing I will give Sarah Palin is that she's cute, but I think a yot of that comes from my burgeoning crush on Tina Fey.

    • Wes says:

      Really! I really did think the OC was pretty wild and liberal, what with that train-mooning thing and other wackiness ensuing in that part of the state. 🙂

      And I dunno, I don't find Sarah Palin very cute at all! Christine O'Donnell is pretty cute, though... even if she's against masturbation and dumb as a post (and apparently not a witch, because witches are hella sexy). This video is pretty hilarious -- not only because of what she doesn't know, but because she goes out of her way to call attention to what she doesn't know even after the audience laughs at her responses! Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, my darling Christine...

      (And OMG, I hadn't even noticed how smug she looked afterwards -- as if she had nailed Coons on the point! Sigh.)

  • the Jax says:

    I would vote for Sarah Palin...if her opponent was Ann Coulter.

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