Wednesday, September 03, 2008

McCain Camp: "This election is not about issues"

"[McCain campaign manager Rick] Davis also told The Post that the race will be decided more on personalities and perceptions than issues. 'This election is not about issues,' he said. 'This election is about a composite view of what people take away from these candidates.'

Obama campaign manager David Plouffe responded with a sharp statement: 'We appreciate Senator McCain's campaign manager finally admitting that his campaign is not in fact about the issues the American people care about, which is exactly the kind of cynical old politics people are ready to change.'"

Of course I'm not so naive as to think most elections (lately, at least) haven't been decided by the same ultimately unimportant criteria, but the dreamer in me sure would like to see an election where substance and a candidate's stance on the issues wins out over how he looks on camera or how likable he is.

Admitting that a presidential election is about how people feel about the candidates is admitting that you want people to vote based on superficial qualities. Is Davis simply playing to his candidate's strengths (white guys aren't very threatening), or is it an implied admission that he knows if people really dug deep his candidate wouldn't stand a chance?

(Excerpt from The Washington Post's 9/3 coverage of the RNC.)

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