Friday, October 31, 2008

Ready to cry “uncle” on the campaign?

Posted in Liberty, vote tagged at 6:09 am by Elaine Petrowski

Have you had just about enough presidential campaigning?  Me too.

In the last few weeks I’ve cooked up my own plan for true campaign reform. For the next election cycle I’d like to propose that “we the people” demand to limit all the campaign hoopla to a single six-month period.

I’d actually like to see it be even less time than that, but then someone pointed out we need time to not only elect a president, but actually to find a nominee. (Frankly, it makes no sense to me that anyone in his/her right mind would want the job to begin with.)

In addition to limited campaign time, we would ban all TV and radio ads that are not issue-related, perhaps sparing ourselves the likes of the “Ayers/Keating” accusation/backlash advertisements.

I propose we have four debates – one  per week preceding the election. Each time a candidate wanders off the issues and dips even a little finger into the mud, or actually starts slinging it, (indicated by  a bar showing the thought waves of Ohio voters who were forbidden to drink coffee that day)  s/he  would  be obliged to forfeit one minute of talk time during the next question.

Do you think you could make up your mind in six months time if the twitter and buzz was actually all about the issues, and not about spin and mud slinging?


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

A magnificent obsession?

Posted in vote at 7:55 pm by Elaine Petrowski

As a self-confessed, formerly-apathetic-sometimes-voter, I’m astonished that the recent election cycles have ignited my political fire from slow burning embers to a full-fledged conflagration.  Now I wonder if it precisely because I am reformed that I am well on my way to becoming somewhat of a crazy, loud-mouthed zealot?

I’ve sent money to my candidate (at least twice) (three times) and checked my voter registration online (at least twice) to be sure I’m really registered, though I have lived at the same address for more than 25 years. Not only that,  I have forwarded that email to just about everyone in my address book, both Republican and Democrat. The day after that email went out, I received a reply from an old friend, who I once relied on to keep me somewhat politically informed. Her message: “thanks for keeping me up-to-date on the political scene.”   Wow.

I’m really ticked off that my bumper stickers (front and back) have not yet arrived. And, for the life of me,  I can not bring myself to turn off the “talking heads”.  But  worst of all,  I talk back to them. Even if I’m listening to the radio while in my car.

Is it just me, or are lots of us finding that all things political have become somewhat of an obsession?

Just for fun:

Take the Palin/Fey Quiz — can you tell who’s who?