Are The Campaigns Addressing Serious Issues As Voting Day Approaches? Going Negative, Dirty Tricks, and more…
Not Hardly . . .
I was going to open this post by pointing out that the discussion in the primaries seems to have gotten very serious of late. A combination, I think, of the Bhutto assassination and the fact that the casting of actual votes is very close. Then . . .
Double Speak . . .
Huckabee has spent weeks now denouncing negative campaigning, trying to play Mr. Nice-guy. Well, he gave that up over the weekend, big time:
In a stark change of tone just days before the Iowa caucus, former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas on Saturday unleashed a barrage of attacks . . . .
But what is so much worse is the content of the attacks:
“If a person will become president by being dishonest, just remember, if he becomes president, he likely will not be honest on the job,” Huckabee told voters at a restaurant campaign stop.
So apparently distressed at Romney’s criticism, Huckabee refused even to commit to voting for Romney for president if the former Massachusetts governor wins the Republican nomination.
This argument is as old as religious competition: If you are losing the argument, demonize your competition.
Now, if you do not think this was designed to saw on the “Mormons lie” meme, you are hiding under a rock. This is code word stuff. We’ve never laid it out here because it’s fairly silly, but the argument goes basically that since Mormonism is “twisted” from creedal Christian doctrine, it is false and a lie and therefore people who believe it are “liars.” Now, of course, this presumes facts not in evidence, like the motivations of every Mormon out there, but that is irrelevant. This argument is as old as religious competition: If you are losing the argument, demonize your competition. I personally hate this form of argument because it demonstrates a lack of faith in my own view.