Friday, November 03, 2006

Throwing Stones in Glasshouses

You think the political mudslinging has got bad recently in New Zealand, with expressions like "cancerous" and "corrosive" thrown around, hints being dropped about people's marriages, and increasing scrutiny of what members of Parliament may or may not have done in their extracurricular lives?

Think again. This summary from Slate of the concerted personal attacks in the US mid-term elections shows that we've got a long way to go yet. Not only are scurrilous personal attacks a deliberate strategy, they seem to have become practically a mandatory component of any serious campaign.

And yes, the Republicans are a lot worse.


Cecilia said...

Ain't that the truth! Yup, it's been the world championships of character assasination here lately...The "Harold, call me" one (as it has become known) is probably the worst because rather than just coming out with an overt, in-your-face attack, it plays into nasty, racist attitudes and fears (black man as ubersexualized predator of white women). Of course, it is done in such a way that everybody can see what it's really trying to say, but the Republicans can still bat their eyelashes and act as if they have no idea what the fuss is about.

Anonymous said...

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