I try to stay away from “what if” posts, because they’re just so easy to do

December 5th, 2008

But this time, cialis buy stuff I can’t resist.

After hearing an NPR story this morning that spoke of President-elect Barack Obama’s unprecedented fundraising with a sense of wonderment, generic viagra remedy I just had to ask myself what the story would have been like if a Republican candidate had raised and spent nearly a billion dollars in a Presidential election.

I think we all know the tone would have been dark and foreboding with hints of corruption and predictions of the end of democracy.

When I first started this blog, doctor I thought most of my posts would be about hypocrisy. But after a few years, I realized that trying to point out hypocrisy is like trying to get a fish to focus on the water it swims in.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. LM  |  December 5th, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    Not sure if this will get held because it contains a link:

    http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=the-truth-about-hypocrisy

    Interesting article in this month’s Mind magazine on why you maybe are better off steering clear of the topic. One quote:

    “Allegations of hypocrisy are treacherous because they can function as argumentative diversions, drawing our attention away from the task of assessing the strength of a position and toward the character of the position’s advocate. Such accusations trigger emotional reflexes that dominate more rational thought patterns. And it is precisely in the difficult and important cases such as climate change that our reflexes are most often inadequate.”

  • 2. elliot  |  December 5th, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    Thank you for that link, it was an interesting article.

  • 3. folkbum  |  December 5th, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    It would depend on the donor base for that Republican. If it were a billion dollars from several million small-dollar donors, then I think liberals and activists (the good ones, anyway) would be okay with it. If it were a billion dollars from a small coterie of maxed-out high-dollar donors, then there might be a problem.

  • 4. Vinny  |  December 5th, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    Folkbum,

    Excellent point. The thing that scared me most about Hillary was the fact that I was never sure who she owed. The thing that first gave me hope about Obama was the possiblity that he might be less beholden to any specific constituency than any President for a long time. That certainly is no guarantee that he will live up to his change rhetoric, but it is a reason to hope.

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