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Oct. 24th, 2006

03:57 pm - The Cantwell mailing list

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I donated some money to the Democratic party and I ended up on Marie Cantwell's mailing list. This isn't a completely awful thing, aside from the fact that it feels like a ham-handed attempt to move traditional marketing techniques into cyberspace with little or no change.

But, the thing that strikes me the most is the implicit assumption in almost every single email I get. The assumption being that you only get the politician you're willing to pay for. No talking through or reasoning about various decisions she's made as a senator. No, it's all about raising money with the idea of the opposition winning held up as the bogeyman that's supposed to convince you to open your wallet. Almost every email has some statement to the effect of "Give us lots of money and send a message to the Republicans.". How sad and sorry is politics when the connection between money and power is such a fundamental part that the relationship is assumed.

I will be voting for Cantwell, just because I think Bush is just that awful, and any possible counterbalance is a good thing, sort of. I hate playing "The enemy of my enemy is my friend.".

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Date:October 25th, 2006 12:26 am (UTC)
See, I'm on the republican mailing list (I don't even know how), and they're actually being fairly straightforwards on McGavik. None of this 'give us money' shit, more of the 'here's what I'll do for you'.
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Date:October 25th, 2006 12:36 am (UTC)

It's really depressing when the Republican candidate seems to be running with more integrity and I can't in good conscience vote for him because his party largely consists of crooks and moralists.

Maybe I got on a list specifically devoted to fundraising or something and she has some other list where she talks about issues.

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Date:October 25th, 2006 08:08 am (UTC)
I've been reading political blogs across the spectrum for the last some weeks, and your impression of candidates isn't that uncommon. There seems to be either blind acceptance or a resigned sigh when referring to a candidate a poster will be voting for.

I think Cantwell is in trouble, and at least believes hse needs tons of money to overcome those problems. She turned off a lot of the more leftish sorts with her stand on Iraq, the Patriot Act, and other tag-along-with-Bush moves, while much of the Right hasn't really liked or trusted her. On top of that she seems to have the charisma of a utility pole. I'm expecting she'll lose, the calmer conservative blogs have her seat as a Republican pick-up.

At least this election seems to have pried some of the Libertarians loose from the GOP, they've candidates bashing the GOPers and people posting that they will not be voting GOP this time.
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Date:October 25th, 2006 02:19 pm (UTC)

The alliance between libertarians and the GOP has never made sense to me. The Republicans have largely only been paying lip service to libertarian ideals for at least 10 years now. If you actually pay attention to their record, they are horribly authoritarian from a social perspective and their version of keeping the government out of the economy has largely been mass corporate welfare in various forms.

The Republicans currently represent facism with tight government control of both the social sphere and (mostly by proxy through large corporations) the economic sphere.

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