Sunday, January 13, 2008

Thompson - Will His Strategy Work?

CNN has an article detailing his "negative" campaigning. I tend to think of it like the old Harry S Truman saying
I never give them hell. I just tell the truth and they think it's hell.
I think political analysts underestimate the depth of the voters' dissatisfaction with politicians, both Democratic and Republican. The media is complicit in the masking of politicians' records.
During November's Republican CNN/YouTube debate, Thompson was the only presidential contender to use the 30 seconds allotted for candidate introduction videos to air a clip that never mentioned his own name. Instead, it hammered Huckabee and Romney for their positions on tax increases and abortion. An extended version that aired on the Web highlighted Giuliani's endorsement of New York's former governor, Democrat Mario Cuomo, and his criticism of the National Rifle Association.

Now, Thompson has staked the future of his presidential run on the outcome in South Carolina -- a state known for its rough-and-tumble primary season, where negative campaigning often pays off at the polls.
I don't think it's negative to bring a politician's actions and words to light. If the media won't do their job, then why shouldn't Thompson hold them accountable?

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