Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Political Phonecalls

I made phonecalls for the Missouri Republican Party tonight. You learn a lot doing political phonecalls and some of it is scary. I did a TON of phonecalls in 2004. It floored me how ignorant so many people are. When I complained about this to one of the Campaign people he shared this line with me. He said the first day of class his Political Science teacher said this: "The masses are asses." I'm sorry but more often than not, that is true.

As people who blog about politics we are much more up to date on the news and current events than the average person. And I realized once I was immersed in news, current events and politics that I forget that so many people aren't.

I'm aware that everyone has their interests and for many people that isn't politics. But I don't think its too much to ask to have a basic awareness of current events and a little knowledge of politics.

Tonight I was asking people if they were to vote tomorrow would they vote for our current Senator Jim Talent or his challenger Claire McCaskill? When some of them said they would probably vote for Claire (just out of curiosity) I asked them why. One lady told me that she just thinks Claire is a good person. Aaaaaaaaaahhhh!!!!!!!!! What do you do with that? So does she think Talent is an evil person? Yikes!! Another guy said he doesn't really know, he just likes her better. Sigh.... This is what we are up against.

I am all for getting people out to vote but sometimes you do wonder if there should be a competency test. Do we want people who don't have a clue voting? Many would say as long as they vote for their side they don't care. I'm not so sure. I know it wouldn't work and I'm not advocating it but its just something that has crossed my mind.

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