Comments on: Now that we have dirt on everyone http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2012/01/11/now-that-we-have-dirt-on-everyone/ Tue, 10 Feb 2015 19:54:39 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: pumpkin3142 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2012/01/11/now-that-we-have-dirt-on-everyone/#comment-639 Fri, 13 Jan 2012 15:30:14 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=485#comment-639 I’m all for the idea of unfettered access to details about the candidates, but far more important to me than the personal details is their funding sources & their circles of association. I think we’ll have a much better chance of anticipating the depredations coming our way if we know that stuff.

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By: matthewslyman http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2012/01/11/now-that-we-have-dirt-on-everyone/#comment-629 Wed, 11 Jan 2012 21:45:43 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=485#comment-629 > “Authorities busted Pennsylvania state legislature employees for using state Nexis accounts to dig for dirt at the behest of Democrats in 2006.”

The anticipation of this kind of foul play, strikes me as the most reasonable explanation for why Governor Mitt Romney and his staff purchased their hard drives before leaving Massachusetts… As long as it was legal, it’s a perfectly reasonable thing to do when confronted with such hostility. All I want to know is what was done and why (the minutes from the main meetings, please). I don’t need to know what was said or what confidences divulged in private conversation, unless serious wrongdoing is discovered on the first two questions…

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By: Snake.Plissken http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2012/01/11/now-that-we-have-dirt-on-everyone/#comment-628 Wed, 11 Jan 2012 18:17:05 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=485#comment-628 Mud slinging is still a prisoner’s dilemma, though. This kind of information trend isn’t likely to stop it. It happens because it works. Not everyone is as rational in the author of this article when considering for whom to vote. Access to more information is likely just to increase negative campaigning efforts. #cynical

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By: JProf http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2012/01/11/now-that-we-have-dirt-on-everyone/#comment-625 Wed, 11 Jan 2012 15:50:07 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=485#comment-625 Isn’t much of this column indebted to Mickey Kaus’s old notion of the Feiler Faster Thesis? Basically, there’s no way to hold back oppo dirt in contemporary politics, but, on the other hand, that dirt wont have the staying power of traditional oppo research (it will be just so much noise, whereas in the old media world it could dominate).

The real test of this will be if/when any kind of October surprise occurs in a Presidential election…

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By: Gordon2352 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2012/01/11/now-that-we-have-dirt-on-everyone/#comment-624 Wed, 11 Jan 2012 14:58:55 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=485#comment-624 I have a strange suggestion: instead of trying to “dig up dirt” on candidates like some supermarket tabloid, how about taking a long, hard look at their ability to do the job properly in terms of taking care of the needs of the American people?

Maybe then we would get the leaders we deserve, instead of the “rejects” who happen to make it unscathed through the “witch hunt” that precedes our elections.

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