Political blogging

October 1, 2008 Categories: Blogging , Politics | 6 Comments  

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There’s something I’ve noticed as I’ve been reading blogs lately. And I’m not talking strictly about political blogs, but also about general bloggers who occasionally mention politics. Once a blogger has decided on a candidate – or if they are strictly a party-line voter – their blog posts reflect this in an unswerving way.

Let me explain: if a blogger has decided to vote for McCain, then Obama can’t do anything right and McCain can’t do anything wrong. If a blogger has decided to vote for Obama, then McCain can’t do anything right and Obama can’t do anything wrong.

Now, I know this is a broad generalization – and obviously all bloggers aren’t this extreme. But the ones I’ve read, other than Crunch Con, who seems to be an equal opportunity analyst, all seem to stick to their party. They regurgitate what other poli-bloggers with the same viewpoint are posting; they restate their candidate’s talking points. They have a tendency to believe the most extreme statements about their candidate’s opponent.

My question is this: when did things become so black and white? I can understand if you have made a decision to vote for one candidate or another, because he is most closely lined up with your own political beliefs. But does that make the candidate of your choice suddenly perfect and beyond blame? Do you suddenly lose your ability to analyze a person’s statements or various news articles in a logical manner?

I have weighed the pros and cons of each candidate as carefully as I possibly can. I’ve analyzed, researched, and dialogued with people until I’m fairly tired of the whole thing. I’ve made my decision, based on various things that I like about the candidate and various things I dislike about the other candidate. Does that mean my candidate of choice is perfect? No. There are some things I definitely disagree with him about – even some fairly big things. I have close friends and family members who will be voting for the opposite candidate, and may not understand or agree with my reasons for the choice I have made. Do I know for sure that I’ve made the right choice? Of course not. I won’t know until – and if – my candidate wins and actually takes office and does something as president. But I hope that I can remain rational and realistic in my views on the candidate I have chosen. Is that too much to ask from others, as well?

6 Comments

  1. Heather @ CamianAcademy

    They’ve both got issues lol Then again I pretty much know who I’m going to vote forbut my mind could still definitely be changed.

  2. Sarah at themommylogues

    Honestly, I’m not going to cry myself to sleep at night either way. There are things I like about both, things I dislike about both. I refuse to align myself with a party, because I can’t stand politics on that level. So I try to keep an open mind. I can’t stand political discussions, because they get so heated and holier than thou. And none of us has all the info. None of us know what whoever is going to really do in office. None of us knows what kind of crisis could come up that they’ll have to tend to. People believe everything they hear over coffee, and I just pray that as a whole, we could become informed voters. Let’s vote on their policies and stances on the issues rather than what Joe Bob heard he/she once said. If we keep buying in to negative advertising, they’re going to keep using it. I think we should hold them more accountable than that.

  3. Ron

    I believe that most of it is that the person has made a decision and subsequently defending and/or justifying it. So, the tendency is to gravitate to the things that sound as though they do that the best.

    This may be partly due to the fact that politicians often do not live up to their pre-electoral image. To offset that one might be inclined to look for reasons that make one’s choice the only logical choice.

    ex. Obama is a muslim name therefore he must be a muslim or he would change it. I chose this one because it has to be the most ridiculous & illogical conclusion/argument I’ve seen regarding any of the 4 candidates.

    How many people in our society change their name because of the name’s origin? My name isn’t a Christian name & I haven’t rushed off to change it.

  4. Alison

    You make a good point. Personally I enjoy exploring both sides right up to the last minute.

  5. Audrey

    We are currently going through the campaign promise riggamaroll up here in Canada as well and I feel the same way. It doesn’t matter what a canditate has done good, bad or otherwise, I get to listen to how wonderful Candidate A is and how horrible Candidate B is and how they would never vote for Candidate C. If they say “Candiate B was proven to have done this…” and you respond with “so was Candidate A…” well, that was totally justifiable given the circumstances! lol. I examine all the points of all the candidates and vote based on that. Honestly, it seems that now a days it comes down to “which leader is lying the least? Whose lies are going to do the least amount of damage?” Sad, isn’t it?

  6. Carrie K

    The deificiation of one party and the demonization of the other is standard operating fare. Personally I think it shuts down any chance of a meaningful exchange of ideas, if you’re locked into the perfection of your candidate you can’t listen to criticism or fairly point out flaws of the opposing side and your chances of actually changing someone’s mind are nil.

    My family is all over the map politically. I’m just grateful that we don’t devolve into “If you vote for X you’re a big dumb poopy head.” Which is the general tone of most.