Our View: Mud-slinging season starts


Craig Editorial Board

  • Bryce Jacobson, newspaper representative
  • Jennifer L. Grubbs, newspaper representative
  • Bridget Manley, newspaper representative
  • Allan Reishus, community representative
  • Chris Runyan, community representative
  • Ken Wergin, community representative

— Once again, it's starting to get muddy on the airwaves.

Now that the big political conventions in Denver and Minneapolis are over, the picks for running mates have been announced and the candidates have accepted their nominations, let the dirty politics commence.

Sure, the candidates always say they want to run clean campaigns. Sure, they pledge to stay away from tearing each other down in favor of rising above politics-as-usual mentalities. Sure they will.

Yet, although we know it's coming, their slide into mud slinging won't be any less painful to watch.

That's why we were so encouraged early this week when Sen. Barack Obama said that the candidate's families were "off limits."

A juicy piece of dirt had just been revealed about one of the family members of newly minted vice presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin - we're sure you heard about it - and the Obama-Biden campaign could have raised Cain with that tidbit. Instead, Obama came out harsh at a press conference when asked about Palin's personal announcement. He quashed any questions from reporters about it and pledged to fire anyone working on his campaign who uses that information against Palin. He said family members were off limits.

We wholeheartedly agree; it was a personal family issue and should be off limits.

That was a classy response from Obama.

However, we're sure that not all of his future responses, or all of McCain's future responses, (and especially not the responses of their supporters), will be as respectable as they fight for the presidency.

That's why we want to encourage Moffat County voters to find a computer with Internet access and start researching these candidates, their platforms, their plans, the issues and the stories behind the 30-second and one-minute campaign ads on TV - both from the candidates and other special interest groups.

If you haven't registered to vote, then hurry up and do so. The deadlines are quickly approaching.

To our local political party leaders, we ask you to get your message out loud and clear. If you are having events or have campaign information to distribute, publicize that fact as much as possible.

The better informed we can get, the better we'll be as voters. And the more we find out for ourselves and avoid relying on TV commercials for our candidate information, the better we'll be prepared when we fill out a ballot - paper or electronic, early or on Nov. 4 - for this year's general election.

If there's one thing we can be certain of, it's that we won't all vote the same - even we Editorial Board members disagree, politically. However, what we should be able to be certain of is that we all need to vote in order for our democracy to work.

So if you want to avoid the mud, then go ahead and turn off your TV for the next few months. But check into the candidates through other means, and then make sure to weigh in on Nov. 4.

Vote for McCain-Palin, Obama-Biden, or someone else as you see fit. Just vote.


taxslave 8 years, 7 months ago

Decent article.

As an informed voter already I can tell you what we're dealing with already....two sides of the same coin.

Republicans cut taxes and increase debt...

Democrates increase taxes and decrease debt....

Both parties steal from the social security and transportation trust funds....always have.

Half of Congress believes(ed) that the usa money supply was gold backed....(what's fiat?)

Both parties rely on a "war economy" at this point...we're broke, feds will bailout Fannie & Freddie on Monday.....expect an event. Thousands of Americans just lost their retirement.

As far as CNN (Controlled News Network), FOX (Controlled News Network), CSPAN, also assimilated by the Borg, which we pay for on our cable bill, and so on and so on....5 major corporations own the media, I don't watch it but I will channel surf to hear what they are telling the masses. The propaganda is most sobering.

If one does not read, one must depend on what others tell you. There is a book that is banned from the USA, "Currency Wars", Number One in China. I signed up for it on Amazon over a year ago. They took the order and said I'd receive it upon it's release.

If you don't read, like the authors of this article points out, then you are clueless. The media coverage of the presidential election is nothing more than a beauty contest....I will admit, like the author, that at least obama sounds intelligent, but he will still raise taxes, control the guns, protect the Patiot Act, etc.

BUT, I still stand by Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin, Jesse Ventura, Barry Goldwater and the sorts....those that believe in a Republic....not a corporate owned entity. The lesser of two evils is still evil.

Keep a close eye on your investment portfolios.....you're going to be blown away shortly.

I'm going to go out on a limb here and make a prediction....I believe the Bush Administration will call a state of emergency and suspend the election. If however, we get an election, the state of emergency COG, (continuation of government) will be enforced before the elected can take office.

My first question to all local elected officials...."Where are the hospital funds?"

Cloned and nuclear radiated food in the supply chain, terrorism served up for dinner, endorsed by both parties.

In Rev. 16, it speaks of 3 lying spirits (like frogs)....makes me think of tv, radio and newspapers. Reading worldwide, daily, over the internet is the only way to be informed. This too they are about to regulate.

The 700 page housing bill has a nifty little item in it....copy of all credit card sales will be transmitted to the IRS.....it used to take a judge and a warrant to get this kind of financial information. Wake up fellow citizens.


grannyrett 8 years, 7 months ago

The mud-slinging started a long time ago. I guess we grow immune to it, or just get sick of it. I'm sure we all have skeletons in our closet. How many good people have never done anything they wish they hadn't? I just wish the political parties would put something out there with substance. I wish the voters would realize that no matter what the presidential candidate promises, he isn't able to do anything if the congress and senate won't work with him. I wish these elections were less about the democratic and republican parties and more about what is good for this country. Of course, I also wish both parties would work together for what is best for this nation, instead of what is best for their party.


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