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Civic Opportunities

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Susan and I voted early today. Within an hour of getting in line, we were trying to figure out how the voting booths worked . . . by which time the line had shrunk down to only about a half hour’s worth. Still, it was worth it, to avoid those intolerably long lines that are likely to be there on November 4.

As I’d decided, I cast mine for Obama. Thanks to McCain’s campaign. Quite convincing, he and his running mate and his organization have been.

The fortune is from the chinese buffet dinner we shared after voting. While watching some of the closing displays in the sky above the airshow we’d decided to skip this year. Just because one looks up to see an opportunity doesn’t mean one necessarily chooses to take it.

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26 October 2008 at 4:14 pm

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Campaign Failure

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Sad to say, this waste of campaign contributions will probably be duplicated outside every polling site throughout the country. None of these signs “work,” neither to keep nor to convert any decided voter, nor to persuade an undecided one. Not a single vote will be influenced by this trash. Not one.

At least there exists strong evidence that robocalls, smear commercials, and other negative campaigning do have an effect – in the opposite direction intended, especially when there exists no strong, consistent positive message standing behind those low-road tactics.

As long as political parties persist in wasting campaign contributions on worthless or negative strategies, they need not come looking to me to donate to the “cause”! Nor can they hope me to be alone, nor even in the minority.

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Written by macheide

26 October 2008 at 3:06 pm

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