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Happy Election Day - Go Vote!

November 6th, 2012 . by economistmom

I am SO hoping that things get resolved tonight so we can get onto all the work those politicians will need to get done before they start campaigning again. I give you a CNN video of the “campaign in 2 minutes” for some nostalgic inspiration as you all go out to vote today. See you on the other side of the election. :)

2 Responses to “Happy Election Day - Go Vote!”

  1. comment number 1 by: Brooks / Gordon

    Unfortunately, a compilation of all the petty stuff that the campaigns and the media have focused on throughout the campaign(s) — at the expense of more attention to substantive matters — would require a much, much longer video.

    Both sides in the general election are guilty of this (I won’t try to address which one more), but the latest example brings with it comical, yet also somewhat sad irony from a columnist and Fox News contributor, Charles Krauthammer.

    a few days ago one of Obama’s crowds booed when Obama mentioned Romney, and Obama said “Don’t boo, vote. Voting is the best revenge.” Now, I think that’s a strange and, unless it was just said without much thought as a cute expression, it was a bit distasteful, but I hardly think it’s worthy of the big deal Romney — and Krauthammer — tried to make it out to be.

    http://realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/11/04/krauthammer_revenge_comment_is_a_mistake_obama_will_regret.html
    “I think that played right in the Romney strategy of going large and it showed how small Obama remains, always on the attack,” Krauthammer said of Obama’s revenge remark. “Now to be fair, he was quoting F. Scott Fitzgerald, who said living well is the best revenge. But revenge is not a word you want to use in your closing argument and I think Romney pounced on that extremely effectively. I think it was within 6 hours he had the ad out … why should you vote? Obama says for revenge, I say for love of country. That is the perfect contrast of large versus small, and I think it is a mistake Obama will regret.”

    Ironically, Krauthammer goes incredibly small, and uses an example of Romney going incredibly small, in an effort to point out the contrast of Romney’s supposedly going large vs. Obama’s supposedly going small. As with a great deal of this campaign, from both sides and from the media, there has been way too much focus on poorly-chosen words and other silly, relatively insignificant stuff. But this comment by Krauthammer may be the first time I saw such irony in the use of such material.

  2. comment number 2 by: AMTbuff

    If the parties couldn’t bridge the gap during the debt ceiling contretemps or in the subsequent countdown to sequester, they have no chance at all to negotiate the all-pain package that the country needs.

    Politicians will do what comes naturally: attack anyone who attempts to lead responsibly then find a way to blame the other party for the ensuing catastrophe.

    With a few exceptions, the top priority for politicians is their own career advancement. Second is advancing their ideological goals. The country’s welfare isn’t even on their list.

    I will not vote for anyone who will not at least slow down the spending and try to steer us away from fiscal collapse. In this race that leaves Gary Johnson and Romney, the latter only by virtue of his selection of Paul Ryan as VP candidate.