Jay Evensen: Nasty politics: a strategy that really works

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  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    March 2, 2012 6:58 a.m.

    We hear a lot of this kind of comment.

    However the negative attacks are sometimes a remedy for the dearth of good journalism in the media reporting. One candidate represents himself as a fiscal conservative or a patriot. Another candidate challenges those statement based on his opponent's actual voting record on raising the debt ceiling, or on the horrific details of the "Patriot Act" etc. We need to be able to make such "attacks" and it is instructive as to how these attacks are dealt with in actual debates where the remaining candidates have a right of rebuttal. All statements are tested in the crucible of free debate. We need this and I trust people to have enough horse sense to separatea the wheat from the chaff, without the intervention of the media that failed to do the digging and unbiased reproting that would have obviated the need for such "negative attacks".

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 1, 2012 1:58 p.m.

    It's not that it works... so much as if you DON'T do it, you will absolutely positively lose.

    People have tried running dignified positive campaigns and they always lose. That's why it's almost required practice now days.

    Try running a totally positive campaign while your opponent runs an attack campaign. It's been tried. The attacker stirs up so much hype and attention while the other gets no attention and just looks booring. And you lose.

  • liberal larry salt lake City, utah
    March 1, 2012 7:15 a.m.

    How on earth can you write an entire editorial on political mud slinging, and not mention the head of Mitt Romney's super pac Larry McCarthy? McCarthy is the creator of the famous "Willie Horton" ad, which helped to defeat Michael Dukakis in 1988. According to a "New Yorker" article McCarthy's firm developed the "baggage" ads which helped to derail Newt's campaign, and has been working on ads to take down Santorum.