I hope I am not alone in feeling like the current slew of campaign ads from both camps both consistently accuse their opponent of providing “more of the same” without actually saying what the same is or how they are different, although they always claim to offer up huge buffets of change.
These ads and this election is turning into more of the same. This election has the opportunity to be the most historical and electrifying that many of us may ever live to see so I don’t understand why the candidates and their camps are getting downright boring. It scares me that the sound bites from last week mostly focused on lipstick. On a pig or on a pitbull or on a hockey mom, I think there are more important issues than lipstick. I am honestly surprised I haven’t seen Palin Plum mass produced by Revlon and thrown into supermarkets yet…
For example, does it concern anyone else that you have to dig into candidates websites and political journals to find legitimate positions on issues? Stop playing the change card and the Maverick card and tell us what you are going to do, where you really stand. It’s easy to assume that because McCain is a Republican and Obama is a Democrat that they have clear cut positions on the most pressing and contentious issues today but I am becoming cynical to the point where assumptions might be costly, and I don’t think I am alone.
I need to know if McCain was really serious about staying in Iraq 100 years. I need to know exactly where both candidates stand on abortion and birth control. I don’t really believe Obama wants to begin sex education in Kindergarten and I am so sick of exaggerated falsities. In this era of sound bite news, the candidates must be constantly editing their internal monologues and thinking before they speak. I can’t imagine the pressure that comes from knowing that everything that is uttered off the cuff will be recorded, repeated and sent to the other team. It’s like taping the rivals football practices and it is honestly beginning to seem as trivial as small town high school sports. Competition is necessary and desirable. After all, this is a presidential election in a time of war and economic disaster. But can’t we all just agree to play by the rules? I really wish both teams would fold their respective hands and shuffle the deck. Leave the attacking to the special interest groups. Don’t worry McCain Camp, Obama may not discuss his three purple hearts every time he opens his mouth but I am sure there are some Swiftboaters out there waiting to launch. And Obamaland, stop saying more of the same unless you tell us what more of the same really is and stop saying how much you love change unless you tell us what and how you will change.
In fact, Obama’s love of change has led him to be the tail end of many jokes. In this elections JibJab, Obama is shown riding on a pink unicorn singing about “the change we must change to the change we hold dear, I really like change have I made myself clear!” This is not portraying him as a very serious candidate. And in addition to sound bites, new journalism, like this blog and all the other voices and posts and videos out there in the online world can really effect a candidate positively or negatively.
In conclusion, both teams need to step up their games and come to bat ready to play. I’m not advocating softball but maybe leave the attacks and metaphors alone for awhile and really tell the American public what you are about. And please leave the cosmetics out of it because lipstick smears and fades away and then we will see the naked truth in this election.