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?