Letters to the Editor

Negative ads

January 11, 2012


To the editor:

In his article “Santorum offers worthy alternative to Mitt” (Journal-World, Jan. 7), Charles Krauthammer concludes that the caucus works as a way to pick a candidate for president because “it winnows” and “has produced, after just one contest, an admirably worthy conservative alternative to Mitt Romney.”

But does the caucus really work? The debates consist of candidates heckling each other, while the “winnowing” thus far has been due mostly to negative ads. These are paid for by so-called independent PACs headed by persons connected with the candidates. Mitt Romney is reported to have spent over $1 million of his own money on the Iowa caucuses while his PAC, “Restore our Future,” has spent about $2.85 million, mainly for attacks on other candidates, especially Newt Gingrich (Times Digest, Jan. 3). Now Gingrich has collected $3 million to attack Romney in New Hampshire and elsewhere. Finally, as of now, President Obama is said to have a war chest of $100 million.

Will it be a politically aware American public or one brainwashed by big money ads that will select the GOP and Democratic candidates for president in 2012?


Fossick 2 years, 3 months ago

The reason negative ads work is that people naturally choose a candidate to vote against. You see it here every day, "I won't vote for Obama because he pals around with terrorists" "I can't vote for Ron Paul because he's a racist." We eliminate candidates, "winnow" if you will, over single issues that disqualify them from our consideration. Then we choose the lesser of two weevils.

The purpose of a negative campaign is to encourage that natural proclivity. Negative campaigns are not a question of candidates being 'mean' and they are certainly not related to funding or independent PACs or whatever this election cycle's campaign bugaboos happen to be. Negative campaigns exist because they are effective tools for winning elections.


its_just_math 2 years, 3 months ago

Noone surpasses the amount of money the Obama re-election machine has, and the Obama re-election machine hasn't even started to attack the GOP nominee yet. That otta be a real show for us all. Follow the smell and most of the leftist websites and other Dem appendages that support Obama can be traced back to a far-left billionaire who hates America.


mustrun80 2 years, 3 months ago

"a politically aware American public"

Anna - read the comments in this paper sometime, the above is a fairy tale. 98% of the masses have no clue on either side.


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