Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

Did Too! Did Not!

Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

Did Too! Did Not!

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The art of politics, particularly big-time poli lies like our current presidential campaigns, has never been about being decorous and high-minded. The campaigns might start out with such pretensions, but soon the political strategies slide into political bi-jinks and disparaging brawls accentuated by "did too, did not" retorts.

Its left to the American voter to determine what's real and what's humbug, bul many times the rhetoric is so convoluted and intense that it complicates tlie task of parsing reality from fiction.

The objective in politics, after all, is to win no matter how, and in today's climate, as wc arc seeing, by whatever means. There is already ample evidence of this malicious, modern-day stratagem as we enter the final phase of the campaigns following the political parties' national conventions.

In the old days, they called it demagoguery. Now the euphemism is ''attack politics."

The cyberspace age has spawned creative ads designed to expose all dungs negative or compromising in a candidate's background.

The veracity and the merits of the issues at times are immaterial, It's the impact that counts.

It doesn't say much about the American electorate if it can be swayed that easily by the sometimes outrageous attack tactics like the ones we are currendy being exposed lo - and are sure to see more of before election day on Nov.6.

Attack politics has become an integral part of highstakes national politics in which the main mission of the campaigns is not only about promoting the virtues and die planks of the candidate, but also tooled to expose whatever inappropriate events lurk in an opponent's resume.

In this presidential race between the incumbent, Rarack Obama, and the challenger, Mitt Romney, the Ohama campaign has by far been the most dexterous and, at times, die most unrelenting in pounding Romney's candidacy and his past business practices.

It portrays Romney as a cold-hearted, money-driven ex-business tycoon with little sympathy for Joe the Plumber types and middle class Americans and who had no compulsion about throwing people under the bus if it advanced his business agenda and financial interests.

They claim it's part of Romney's political DNA and permeates his presidential ambitions.

Both campaigns are sufficiently well-financed to afford political consultants who can create tawdry political material on demand, and they all seem to think their latest is their best one yet and sure to have an impact on a presumed gullible public.

Sometimes it misses, and none is more illustrative than the Joe Soptic political ad, created by the Obama campaign, which it had hoped would have a big public impact.

It did - but not the type the Obama people had banked on, because oí ils content and implications. Many political observers say it had the opposite effect once the facts were exposed.

Even when considered by many as beyond the pale, an Obama campaign director was quick to add that it was just tit for tat and payback for all the nasty things the Romney partisans have been saying about the president.

In the ad, created for major media oudek, Joe Soptic says Mitt Romney was, albeit indireclly, responsible for his wife's dealli from cancer when Romney's investment finn, Bain Capital, closed the company (liai employed Soptic.

It ended Soptic 's job and his health insurance, which deprived Iris wife of the health care she needed. …

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