the type of web site we are, Topplebush.com often
gets emails from our viewers expressing their
preferences for one Democratic candidate over
another and the reasons for it. We think this
is fine but often these comments don't stop there.
Instead many of these letters come to us with
scathing and negative opinions about another candidate
and Dean in particular because he appears to be
the frontrunner in the race to secure the nomination
of the Democratic Party. Often to support the
negative comments, references are made to various
postings found on the internet and in particular
sites of dubious credibility, such as personal
blogs, message boards, news group postings, and
web sites with an obvious axe to grind. In most
cases, the information is taken completely out
of context and without proper foundation. To someone
not prone to check facts further or in depth,
what happens is falsehoods and misinformation
get spread around to others that unfairly damage
a particular campaign.
we have found ourselves in a position we would
rather not be in: Debunking rumors, myths, and
incomplete information about several of the leading
candidates. Instead of viewers calling the various
campaign headquarters or looking on a candidate's
web site for accurate information, some people
would prefer to obtain their information from
others who support what they want to believe is
true, whether it is or not. Instead of relying
on information that does go through a fact-checking
process and an editor's review, these people are
willing to give more credibility to information
not even put forth by someone willing to take
credit for it.
think this is not only unwise but the wrong approach
to beating Bush in 2004. It is our opinion that
if you want to support one candidate over another,
you should be doing so emphasizing their positives
and positions on issues without bashing the other
candidates in the process. There isn't one candidate
running today whose views are completely compatible
with everyone else's. There isn't a PERFECT candidate
in this IMPERFECT election process. But everyone
of the Democratic candidates is better than Bush.
And there are several who have a good chance of
beating Bush in 2004. And there are several our
web site likes a lot even though we don't feel
they have a chance of winning the nomination or
the good of the primary goal of beating Bush in
2004 we are asking all of you to stop this incessant
grousing over the candidates with purpose of undermining
the ones you don't like. We also ask the candidates
themselves to stop cannibalizing one another.
If you can't find enough reasons to stand behind
your candidate of choice based on his/her record,
views, positions on issues, and other qualities,
without putting down another candidate in the
process to make your point, than maybe you have
chosen the wrong person to support.
of the Democratic candidates running for President
have many positive things you can say about them.
All of them too have taken positions in the past
you probably don't agree with. Already the Dean
campaign has been targeted by dirty tricksters
who have been faxing erroneous position statements
early in the morning to his supporters (See U.S.
News & World Reports, Dec. 22, 2003, p. 8).
While the imprint looks more like the handiwork
of Team BushCo (referring to negative push polling
in S. Carolina against McCain during the 2000
primaries), one can't rule out that it might be
coming from supporters of one of the other candidates.
you keep bashing the other candidates trying to
promote your own, the winner might be too battered
to seriously challenge Bush. Why should we ask
any of our good Democratic candidates to waste
their hard earned campaign cash having to defend
themselves from attacks within their own party?
keep in mind the main goal: Beating Bush in 2004!
Let's start working together to make that happen
by emphasizing the positives of our favorite candidate
and putting aside our hostilities to the others.
Posted: December 26, 2003