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From TheRealMcCain.com, via Aravosis:
I live outside the US so I haven't been privy to all the pre-election nonsense, but this video's pretty ridiculous. Taking tiny quotes and snippets of interviews out of context and using them to ICE BURN SLAM! somebody is juvenile and uninformative. This is the same kind of functionally retarded politicking as a picture of Bush next to a picture of a monkey and/or Darth Vader. Way to turn the political process into the absolute bottom of the barrel, guys.
I vote Democrat, but this kind of crap is exactly what I hate about the Republicans and I'm not going to support it.
I agree with dan. Grow up and engage in a real argument.
dan & Whitney, how do you suggest people go about debunking McCain's false reputation as a straight talker? I think this is a perfectly fair counterpoint to the fawning praise McCain has so often gotten in the mainstream media over the years. Yes, it focuses on a few points of McCain's hypocrisy, but those points are important and aren't misrepresented. He really is that much of a lying weasel on the war and his supposed independence from social conservatives and their backward views on social issues. He's a standard right-wing slimebag, he just happens to be more charming than most.
How about, say, an interview with McCain? How about not using sensationalist YouTube videos to make a point? McCain might be a horrible hypocrite for all I know, but this video doesn't use more than one consecutive sentence out of his mouth. You say he's not misrepresented, but you agree with the video's point of view already and I don't see any reason to trust either of you.
Look, this video is standard-issue near-election hyperbole. It's not going to convince anyone who doesn't already agree, and it doesn't offer any insight or evidence of any sort. I'm glad you're convinced he's a charming right-wing slimeball lying weasel, but I'm not, and it's not because I even disagree with you. It's because the people trying to convince me are doing a shit job of it. There's an easy fix to this. Have somebody ask him about whatever inconsistencies they're concerned about, and see what he comes up with. Might not be an internet sensation but it sure as hell wouldn't continue the American political system's steady slide into mean, middle school election territory.
Basically every video about candidates is hyperbole, Dan-- it's all editorial. You watch the ones they produce, and you watch other ones someone dug up from a 3 year old interview, and you watch mash-up type things like this that group together a type of response, and then you form your opinion.
Of course, 99% of people see one video, of whatever kind, and make their decision on that. And that sort of intellectual laziness when it comes to electing our various officials is the problem with modern elections, not editorializing videos/advertisements.
Sorry, Megan, I can't buy that. The smart voters make their decisions based on a collection of nonsense, and the stupid ones go by just one? Doesn't seem like much of a reason not to condemn videos like this one. Intellectual laziness is only an option when it's encouraged. I've seen first-hand the election process of another democratic country, and I know that an honourable election is totally possible. It's just that dirty campaigns are easier and more sure.
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