notes from
the MUCK . . .

How does your garden grow? With muck, muck and more muck! I spent much of today finishing the final muck box and then shifting muck from one box to the next. The first box, which the Big Lad is enthusiastically pointing out, has been rotting down for two years now and once we’d removed the top quarter of unrotted material, we found we’d hit the pay dirt.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Arm Thyself

Since no one really answered my previous question, I'd like to rephrase it. I was half-way joking when I said that Republican voters are stupid. I mean, there's definitely some evidence to support that theory, but let's face it, there are plenty of Democratic morons, Independent morons, and Undecided morons as well. God has blessed this planet with a wide variety of idiots, including the one typing this blog.

Which brings me to my point. My original intent behind writing that previous post was to get to the bottom of a phenomenon I've observed in recent elections. Maybe it's been around for awhile. I don't know. It just seems to me that Republicans are far better at negative campaigning than those on the left.

Sure, Bush and Palin have taken a lot of hits for being, or appearing to be, simple and generally kind of dumb. But that's pretty vague, and it doesn't really stand up in a debate with your conservative cousin. No, I'm talking about specific and threatening reasons not to vote for a candidate. For example, despite all the whining from the right about the media's liberal bias, someone out there has done a damn fine job of making Bill Ayers into a household name. No coverage? Really?

If you find yourself in a political argument with a McCain supporter, here are some attacks you are likely to encounter:

-Obama is a Socialist
-Obama is friends with terrorists
-Obama has no experience
-Obama is a good speaker, but he's not ready to lead
-Obama wants to raise your taxes
-Obama trained ACORN leaders, who subsequently brought about the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression
-Obama hates Joe the Plumber

There are many others. Now, none of those claims are true, but you know full-well that you're going to be defending Obama against them in civil debates with your Limbaugh loving neighbors.

It seems like the McCain camp, a.k.a. the Bullshit express, has done a brilliant job of equipping voters with reasons to cite for not voting Obama. But have they given anyone a reason to vote for McCain? What does he stand for besides claiming to be a reformist, which he's not, and being a breath of fresh air after eight years of Bush, which he's also not.

But I digress. What I really want to know is this - can anyone submit a similar list of reasons to vote against John McCain? What kind of rabbits can a Democrat pull out of her hat when challenged? That Palin is unfit to be Vice President? Well, that doesn't really count because a lot of McCain supporters (the Hannity types) simply love her. Democrats do not love Bill Ayers. I hope you see the distinction.

There is simply no canon of assaults for use against John McCain's character. Well, of course there is, but nothing on the list resonates with voters quite in the same way a good old fashioned Red Scare. Must the average Obama voter constantly deflect attacks, rather than launching a few of his own?

I'm lookin' at you Matt, the Muck's very own political correspondent.

Before I unleash this mess of words and backwards logic unto the world, I want to be absolutely clear about something. I hate the mudslinging. I hate the out-of-context spin machines. I hate the exaggerations, the misquotations, and the oversimplifications. I hate the very thing that I'm now claiming that Democrats should do more of. But if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Or rather, in the immortal words of Method Man, if you can't join 'em...beat 'em. Either way, Americans like it rough, and if we lose this one we have no one to blame but ourselves.