Thursday, October 16, 2008

Obama supporters offer the best reason to vote for McCain.

When McCain voters (I hesitate to call most of them fans or supporters) try to convince me to vote for McCain their arguments take on the "Yes ..., but ...." form. (Buffy fans would call these but-faced arguments.) "Yes McCain's stance on campaign finance is bad, but Obama's support of ________ is much worse." "Yes McCain favors government solutions too often, but Obama is practically a socialist." "Yes McCain compromises too much, but imagine Obama working in concert with Pelosi, Reid, et al." Etc. It may not help their case, but it has the charm of acknowledging legitimate problems exist with McCain's candidacy.

But when I encounter Obama partisans online and they find out I don't support their candidate they go straight to insult and invective. The tone is "How dare you?!" Then one will be called a fossil, an ignoramus, a racist, or what have you. Dissent is NOT allowed.

Keep it up, Obama-bots. You may well convince me to vote for McCain yet. It will be much less obnoxious dealing with McCain voters shaking their heads and muttering "I know, I know...." than it will be dealing with Obama's crew of cyber-brown shirts.

9 comments:

bill said...

Washington Post:

"By daybreak, pandemonium had broken loose all across heavily Democratic Prince George's County. Many local supporters of Democrat Barack Obama, jolted by the message as they headed down Branch Avenue on their Monday morning commutes, grabbed cellphones and BlackBerrys to notify friends. Operators of neighborhood e-mail group lists cried foul to their memberships. The NAACP logged calls. Community leaders demanded boycotts of the hotel, a common venue for Democratic events.

"Businesspeople have to be mindful of the sentiments and sensibilities of their market trading area, and Prince George's County is overwhelmingly for Obama," said community activist Arthur Turner of Kettering, who was among those advocating a boycott. "People I have talked to look at the sign as a slap in the face. They feel it was blatant disrespect. . . . I have heard people say they will no longer patronize Colony South because of that disrespect.""

Icepick said...

Wow.

Randy said...

While John McCain continues to give me no reason to vote for him, Obama's legions of internet thugs continue to give me every reason to dread his election.

reader_iam said...

I was thinking of putting up a post in which those so inclined could bat around write-in options, silly or serious, but then thought: Eh. I think my sense of humor has really taken a beating over the past 12-18 months, not all due to election and election-related stuff, of course, but a sobering chunk has. My view of human nature has probably taken even a bigger hit, but, you know, it was probably time.

Icepick said...

My view of human nature has probably taken even a bigger hit, but, you know, it was probably time.

That actually made me laugh out loud!

Icepick said...

As for the write-in idea, I agree with your "Eh" assessment. The problem at the moment is that I don't think there are any good options. As a polity we've kind of worked our way into a box, but I don't see how we can bust out of it.

Icepick said...

Actually, Cal once had an interesting suggestion on this matter: Reset the Constitution to its original state, sans ammendments, at some predetermined date. That would force people to examine the amendments themselves, and to determine what needed amending at that point in time.

reader_iam said...

OK, now that COULD be a fun topic. So let's take bets, would someone like Simon be for that or agin it?

Icepick said...

No idea. I suppose we could ASK him. But given that he's a lawyer we may get more response than we cared for!