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ELECTION: Character assassination wins

Letter by Richard Smith, Tacoma on Nov. 9, 2012 at 2:12 pm with No Comments »
November 9, 2012 2:16 pm

It seems to me that our recent presidential election has taught us that running a well-planned and strategic ad campaign that attacks the integrity of a candidate (called character assassination) with exaggerated, fabricated, and half truth claims is a sure recipe for winning. Running on issues that face our country then becomes secondary.

Is this path the high road, or the low road? Does it elevate our election process a notch, or lower it a notch? Is success at any cost worth the results? Will such success lead to such tactics becoming more the norm in our political bickering? Do real issues really matter any more?

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