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Monday, December 24, 2007

Are Anti-Endorsements the Thing of the Future now ?

As the Presidential candidate begin to gather up endorsements from prominent places in Iowa and New Hampshire (State and local politicians, Newpapers, Talk Show host and the like) the The Concord Monitor has given an “anti-endorsement” to Mitt Romney. Although I seriously doubt that the Concord Monitor negative endorsement, if you will, will have a big impact on the Romney campaign as a whole it begs the question has the “news” just turned negative about everything. I can tell you why I vote the way I vote without telling you how terrible and crazy the other side is and I believe everyone that votes should be able to do that in turn. Although, democracy and the voting principle in general lends itself to voting out a bad law or leader; I think, as a country, we focus on voting against something and not voting FOR anything and the main culprit is the media and the Mainstream media at that. When the American people are constantly barraged with the media trying to show every candidate (both DEM and REP) in a negative light and not the substance of their ideas, the election turns into who do we like best based on surface things and not who resonates with us on the substantive issues of the day. I have a dreadful feeling that this is not the last we’ll see of the “anti-endorsement” and as we have seen with negative political ads, it will probably work in swaying some of the readers of the Concord Monitor thus it will be used from now on as a political tactic in elections. Some interesting quotes from the article:

In a scathing anti-endorsement that called Romney a "disquieting figure," the New Hampshire newspaper's editorial board said he looks and acts like a presidential contender but "surely must be stopped" because he lacks the core philosophical beliefs to be a trustworthy president

"The Monitor's editorial board is regarded as a liberal one on many issues, so it is not surprising that they would criticize Governor Romney for his conservative views and platform," said Romney spokesman Kevin Madden. "Governor Romney has taken firm positions that are at odds with the board's support for driver's licenses for illegal immigrants, their position against school choice and their advocacy for taking 'Under God' out of the Pledge of Allegiance. The governor happens to disagree with the editorial board on all those issues."

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