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let the mudslinging begin...

This is the part of the whole ordeal that I hate the most. Why do both sides have to bash their opponents? Can't they just let their views, opinions, experience, etc be the deciding factors? Shouldn't it be who you vote for and not who you are voting against?

Today is one of the few days where I only just turned on the TV. In the first 20 minutes over 2 commercial breaks, I saw mudslinging from both sides. An Anti-McCain commercial that was a tasteless parody of "Wonderful World (Don't Know Much)" by Sam Cooke and an Anti-Obama commercial that was equally tacky (however, at least it was not put together like a C+ high school project).

Sigh.

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sillyliss
Aug. 31st, 2008 12:16 pm (UTC)
I wish we could get rid of our stinky two-part system. I hate negative campaigning. But it seems like that's the only kind of campaigning that is effective with Americans. Sad. Oh, and as long as we're doing away with bipartisanism, can we also get rid of the silly republican (small "r") way of voting? Let's just have a straight democracy so that every vote counts toward the presidency, not just toward turning your state (or country) one color or another.
zebulen
Aug. 31st, 2008 12:27 pm (UTC)
James Madison is turning in his grave. :)
tenthz
Aug. 31st, 2008 02:28 pm (UTC)
I remember learning about a different voting system in high school, but I forget which European country uses it. Basically, all the candidates run (no primaries) and then say the top 5 from that election run again, and they keep having elections until there is a 60% (or something like that) majority. So it's not so close. When we end up with a leader that only half the country likes, what good is it?
memeslayer
Aug. 31st, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC)
Instant-runoff and Condorcet voting both seem pretty popular, though they both still suffer from Arrow impossibility. Range voting also looks interesting, but I'm wary of systems that require scoring on a scale, since people are pretty bad at that.
brokenladder.myopenid.com
Sep. 4th, 2008 05:40 am (UTC)
Ignorance factors
Warren Smith's Bayesian regret figures show Score Voting (aka Range Voting) to perform substantially better than those alternatives, even with ignorance factors turned up very high.

http://rangevoting.org/UniqBest.html

IRV is particularly terrible.
http://rangevoting.org/CFERlet.html

Condorcet methods can be quite good, except most of them are highly susceptible to a severe problem called the DH3 (dark horse + 3 candidates) pathology.
http://rangevoting.org/DH3.html

In light of these and other factors, Score Voting is the vastly superior alternative.
zebulen
Aug. 31st, 2008 12:30 pm (UTC)
I live in a PBS world. Metaphorically, I wish we all did.
memeslayer
Aug. 31st, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
I haven't watched TV regularly since I graduated from high school, and I've been astonished at how little I miss it. Not that I don't spend tons of time in front of a computer, but still. Unfortunately, the CNN Headline News audio feed is piped into the bathroom where I work, so I get to listen to the latest Britney! news in addition to their tasteless political commentary. :-(
tenthz
Aug. 31st, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC)
usually I just have the tv on in the background. It helps drown out the neighbors noises (their loud bass and their screaming children).
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