Monday, September 08, 2008

Do you play nasty so you can eventually play nice?

Back to my current obsession: politics... So, we're off here in Canada now, and the polls are showing a possible Conservative majority. *shudder*. I had a good email conversation with a friend of mine about how we're all in a lot of trouble if the Conservatives get a majority and if the Republicans *shudder shudder* manage to win AGAIN to our south.
One of the reasons we're convinced these parties are doing well? They play negative. Sometimes, they downright lie. The lies in Sarah Palin's speech at the GOP convention last week are documented here, but you can bet that most people won't bother double checking whether she was telling the truth or not. And the jab at Obama's community organizer job in Chicago when he first finished university? I'm trying to understand why it's funny or witty to belittle the people Barack Obama was trying to help...
Here in the great white north, the Liberal party has decided to go negative against Harper. It's something that's been debated back and forth. Attack ads are typically nasty and below the belt, but they're also exceptionally effective. Can you say you're going to be above the political bickering, as Obama has done, that you're going to stay above "politics as usual" and then run attack ads against your opponent? It becomes a question of "does the end justify the means." This article argues that you have to, that the stakes are too high otherwise. At this point, I'm okay with the Liberals or the Democrats running attack ads. That's the game right now, and without it, their chances of winning, (or stopping a Harper majority here in Canada) are slim. And besides, there's lots to attack the Republicans and Conservatives on that wouldn't involve lying. They've set themselves up.

Finally, check out Jon Stewart's clip below, illustrating some typical hypocrisy on Palin's qualifications, and playing the sexism card.

5 comments:

citizen of the world said...

I love Jon Stewart. Love him. And I love you, too, for posting this.

noha said...

Aw, thanks COTW, I'm a Stewartophile as well. It's sad when the best journalism and the best news show out there is supposed to be comedy, but it's like none of the "real" journalists ask the hard questions anymore... Well, I guess that's what happens when everything's owned by like 4 companies...

VioletSky said...

I must admit to getting the majority - okay, ALL - my political news from the US from Jon Stewart. He is the best part of this long-winded election process.

noha said...

VS - "He is the best part of this long-winded election process." -- So, so true.

XUP said...

Jon Stewart aside, I CANNOT believe the Canadian people are crazy enough to give Harper a majority government. Hasn't anyone been paying attention to what's been going on on the Hill? "Pundits" are saying a majority Tory government right now would be the absolute worst thing to happen to Canada. Help us!!!