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another reason not to pick McCain

His daughter's blog is entirely about anything but the issues or the candidates.
Check it out:
How American of her.
"Politicians and their families have been SO ISOLATED"....poor things.


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Mar. 28th, 2008 03:43 am (UTC)
I am confused as to why his daughter's blog would be a reason not to vote for him. She pretty clearly states that the purpose of the blog is to talk about the campaign, not politics... so I am just wondering why people should expect her to discuss them? She's not running for president.
Mar. 28th, 2008 05:00 am (UTC)
I hope that someday we Americans have a civilization in which everyone, including the daughters of presidential candidates, take their time to be informed about what really matters. I am frankly frustrated and somewhat despairing about the American culture of insignificance, of shallowness, of avoiding the crux of the matter. She makes it her goal to keep her subject matter trivial, and she succeeds. Her success is of no value to me. In these times we need people to step up to the plate, one by one. I wish for a daughter of a president who speaks for what she believes, and who believes in SOMETHING. There are a great many pop figures who stand for emptiness and triviality. It is a sign of our times. And this young woman's blog tells you a lot about her family and her culture. Who taught her to be that way? To play the game and not discuss anything meaningful? A politician, of course. This woman's blog is an indicator as to her father's merit (or lack thereof) to be president, in my mind. If McCain had a vicious daughter who attacked him on every front and demanded that he answer her point by point, I would respect HIM more.
Mar. 28th, 2008 08:31 pm (UTC)
I understand what you're saying and why you are angry.

I think she is pretty smart, though, and I believe she has created this website with intention. She portrays the human side of her father and her family. She appeals to people who might not otherwise be interested in McCain by catching their attention with non-issues such as music, body image, charity. She might even get people who weren't going to vote to get out there and vote for McCain because her mother likes the same sort of music they do. She will also appeal to people in her own age group by using this medium to portray her family and the campaign. A brilliant piece of social engineering, IMO.

I mean, after all, the presidential campaign isn't about issues - it's about winning... right? (tongue in cheek)

Edited at 2008-03-28 08:31 pm (UTC)
Mar. 28th, 2008 09:15 pm (UTC)
Argh. Did I say I'm angry? You know what has begun to piss me off is people who tell me that I'm angry when I wasn't---to start with. I'm just telling it like I see it. When I speak directly people love to tell me that I'm pissed, and THAT pisses me off. It's a trap. When will a woman be permitted to speak her mind fully without being pigeonholed as an "angry woman"?

My feeling about Miss MiniMcCain is more one of dismay, frustration, hopelessness. I feel the same about voters who choose a candidate based on liking the same ___ (fill in the blank). HOW does one build a functional government? Certainly not by electing people based on music preferences. You call it brilliant social engineering, I call it advertising. Same thing, I guess. Winning for a candidate can be a loss for a nation, and I keep hoping that this nation will again stand up and demand that the government work for us.

But I'm beginning to repeat myself. You know what I mean, and I get your point too. I sure hope he doesn't win, but I'm not fooling myself: he has a good chance. He has the neoconservative vote riggers and military-industrial corporations on his side. And they'll do anything to perpetuate their reign.
Mar. 28th, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
Sorry. I should have said "I can understand why you are frustrated" because that was what you said in your first reply. I didn't read it as an angry reply... but I KNOW you are upset about the state of things, and was clumsily attempting to commiserate.

I despair too. Especially every Wednesday when I have to listen to a room full of twenty-somethings and their views on American culture.

But you know what? I think they will fix it. I think there will be some sort of big collapse, and the current or next generation will start to fix things.
Mar. 28th, 2008 11:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link. I can see Neptunia's point about this young lady trying to humanize her dad and his life with this blog, but it left me feeling like I was reading one of those group letters one gets on Xmas -- you know where they say everything is fantastic, we got a bonus, the kids made honor roll 12 times over, we put our 2nd Hummer -- stuff like that. I think inspid is a pretty good word for it.

It wouldn't make me NOT vote for McCain. But then I've got a whole slew of reasons I never would vote for him anyway (including never being around to vote in the Senate or to represent his state).
Mar. 29th, 2008 12:11 am (UTC)
My biggest frustration with the blog is how artificial it feels. I just hear the ghostwriter whispering the lines as she types them.
Mar. 29th, 2008 06:11 am (UTC)
Don't you think it's part of being an American these days? To eschew substance and focus on pure triviality is integral to our pop culture.
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