Raging Right Wing Republican

For those of us who are politically informed, and therefore Republican.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Debate first impressions

The only person who got housed in that debate was me for watching it. McCain won the debate on substance, but Obama is a smug lying charlatan and there were no game-breaking moments, so it was a wash. And since Obama is in the lead right now, that means its effectively an Obama win.

Also, what was with the internet questions? I thought the entire purpose of a "town hall" debate was to inject some spontanaeity into the process, but instead we got the same-old same-old, and boring, obscure questions at that. Not to mention that almost all of those "undecided" voters sure weren't asking "undecided" questions. Rush's rule is validated once again: there are no undecideds or moderates, just liberals.

What did you guys think?


Blogger Mike said...

My mail-in ballot continues to lie un-filled for the fifth day straight - and not for lack of tyring. If I'm not undecided, I'd like to know what exactly Rush would define one as.

Wed Oct 08, 03:46:00 AM EDT  
Blogger mAc Chaos said...

What I want to know is how you're still undecided. At this point there's not much left to know. They've already said everything that they're going to say and trotted out their public positions and arguments against each other ad nauseam. If you're thinking of "decided" as "Wow, this candidate is the greatest candidate ever!" then nobody on the right is decided. The only candidate that could ever agree with you 100% is you. McCain was never my first choice, but he's our candidate. It's time to decide which one is better.

Rush has made the point in the past that we have a liberal mainstream culture, so people who drift through life non-politically or don't actively think through their political philosophy and arrive at the conservative ends will be liberal, since their "default" opinions which are just from the "common sense" that is formed from their environment is liberal.

Wed Oct 08, 11:43:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Mike said...

I'm undecided because I'm not sure who I want to vote for. My political opinions are no longer drawn by party lines. I don't expect them to be, but that doesn't mean I've made up my mind about who I think will be a better president/vice president. I'm not waiting for a scandal to erupt or for someone to change their position. I'm just thinking still - which might mean that something could happen to push me one way or the other.

Republicans no longer get a free pass from me. I have become disillusioned with the party (I was never 'illusioned' with the Democrats). I'm no longer going to just vote all R or all D, just because I was raised to believe Republicans were Christian and good Christians vote Republican. Nor will I do it because most of my friends are still staunchly Republican. I have to think, a lot, about who I truly believe will be a better candidate. It may end up being McCain, but if I was sure of it, I'd have voted already.

You can blame it on me being politically apathetic and too stupid to think for myself if you want, but that's a poor way to view someone who disagrees with you. I would rather suggest that for the first time in my life, I've actually gone to the trouble to make up my own damn mind instead of voting blindly Rep., as I have in the past.

Humans have an intense need to categorize other people. So if I say I am moderate, because I find myself leaning conservative on some issues, and liberal on others, I am basically upsetting both groups. Liberals will find my anti-abortion views distasteful and my religious beliefs absurd - they will call me conservative or at least crazy. And conservatives will find my anti-war and pro-poor (and in some ways, my ambivalence about gays) absurd. To them, I am a liberal. I don't know what I am, anymore. But I'm not you, and I'm not them; yet it's hard for someone to accept that I'm not part of "their" category without being the enemy. So I become conservative/liberal depending on who I talk to.

I'm not undecided in that I'm walking around, apathetically, thinking, "I dunnooooo!!" I know what I think. I'm still debating with myself who I think will do better.

Wed Oct 08, 02:13:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whether or not the media is liberal (I don't think it is) doesn't matter, since most people have the sense not to listen to what some stranger on TV says to them. If there are "default" opinions, they're formed by the people you know and live around.

Here in Oklahoma, for example, the politically un-informed are automatically Republican. If you ask them why, they can't tell you. It's just because most people they know are voting that way. Folks will always tend to follow their friends and family waaaay before they'll ever follow that jerk on the television.

Wed Oct 08, 02:20:00 PM EDT  

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