Campaign 2000, Uncategorized

The Personal Is Now Political: Let’s Decide If It’s Presidential

“The Personal Is Political” was a slogan from the 1960s.  Women maintained that choices about their private lives were shot through with political consequences; African Americans presented the raw force of political power in every private act of segregation; and environmentalism became popular from awareness that private acts of consumption and waste have large public consequences.

Ever since the 1960s, there has been increased media attention on the private lives of public figures.  Democrat Jimmy Carter was the first president to appeal based on his folksiness, and Republican Ronald Reagan was even more adept in the arts of the personable leader.

In this campaign, the “compassionate conservatism” of Republican George W. Bush is a combination of conservative policies and a personable promise that he is a nice person.  By contrast, Democrat Al Gore has a lot of expertise and experience, but little personal flair.

Back to you, Dear Voters: the personal has become political.  Now is it presidential?…  Read whole essay here….

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Campaign 2000, Uncategorized

VP Candidates Set the Tone: Bush, Gore Should Listen to Dad and Uncle Joe

The Vice Presidential debates between Republican Dick Cheney and Democrat Joe Lieberman presented opposition with civility.  Central casting could not have picked better characters than Cheney as dad and Lieberman as uncle.

By contrast, Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush presents himself as the “bad boy” in class, chopping down his rival and trying to be king of the hill, while Democrat Al Gore is the “good boy” who knows all the answers, but makes his classmates’ eyes roll.  By acting more their shoe size than their age, Bush and Gore have been tiresome squabblers.

Can Mr. Bush and Mr. Gore learn something from their elders?…  Read whole essay here….

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