Tag: negative

Is going negative passe?

Passe you say? Last night Senator Hillary Clinton has a line that she no doubt rehearsed with her staff. It was a zinger. Barack Obama was offering “change you can Xerox.” She got boo’ed. Why? In years past, that would have worked. Obama would have been labeled the Xerox king. There would have been t-shirts. Not this year. ———– From McClatchy: “It looks like people are just burned out on that stuff,” said Peter W. Schramm, the executive director of the Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs in Ohio. In state after state, voters said they moved from Clinton to Obama —

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The Season for negative ads

From WaPo: On the brink of what could be a power-shifting election, it is kitchen-sink time: Desperate candidates are throwing everything. While negative campaigning is a tradition in American politics, this year’s version in many races has an eccentric shade, filled with allegations of moral bankruptcy and sexual perversion. At the same time, the growth of “independent expenditures” by national parties and other groups has allowed candidates to distance themselves from distasteful attacks on their opponents, while blogs and YouTube have provided free distribution networks for eye-catching hatchet jobs. “When the news is bad, the ads tend to be negative,” said

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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