It's Election Day!
The biggest benefit for me, as far as I'm concerned, is that we'll finally stop seeing all of these crappy commercials on TV. I should've counted last night when I was watching 3 shows, but I'd have to say that in any commercial break there were 3 political commercials to one regular one.
It's funny because the commercials strike home another reason why I'd never run for office- there's no possibility of having an intelligent conversation with anyone about why you believe what you believe.
And it works for both sides. In one particularly ugly slate of ads, the Democrat said of the Republican:
- "You took $80,000 from Big Oil!" (No mention of how that money was distributed- considering this would be the candidate's 9th term in Congress, if that money was spread out over 16 years, it really doesn't sound like a lot
- "You voted with George Bush 90% of the time!" (which a. doesn't surprise me- you do what your party leadership tells you, and b. actually sounds like less than it could be. I mean, I'm sure there are lots of votes that are just obvious. At least 10% of the time she had actual independent thought).
The Republican said to the Democrat:
- "You've been supported by radical liberal groups, and when elected will listen to radicals like Hillary Clinton and John Kerry". (which is just a lame way to use Hillary's name in a way that the Democrats are using Bush's).
- "You don't support domestic wiretapping- you're helping the terrorists win!". This is probably my favorite commercial. They hypothesize that a terrorist in Pakistan is calling a terrorist in Denver about a plot (it's a "what if" scenario, but it's presented like it's really happening). And then they go "SHE wants us to wait to get a warrant to eavesdrop on that call, but it may be too late, and a bomb may go off in Denver".
I have to wonder why they chose Denver- did some marketing team think that Denver would resonate as "like" Columbus to most central Ohio voters (and that nobody would care if New York or LA was bombed)?
So, yeah, I'm sick of it all. If it was possible, I'd vote for the person I know the least about.
The only commercial last night that got to me was one that I've only seen once. It was against the proposition for raising the minimum wage (which I'm undecided on in general- I feel for the workers who are below the poverty line, but on the other hand I don't think that the way to stop companies from hiring illegal aliens and outsourcing to other countries is to make them pay more for their workers) that said "Oh by the way, this proposition also creates a giant insecure database of all of your private information with no security against identity theft". I haven't looked at the proposition yet, but that commercial at least made me think..