Now that the words “Aqua Buddha” have been printed in every reputable news source in the country, been muttered by every cable news pundit and national talk show host, and a Google blog search for the NoZe Idol (?) brings back 194,000 quick results, it’s safe to say the US Senate race between Rand Paul and Jack Conway is officially in the national spotlight.
In fact, according to a Washington Post online readers poll, Paul VS. Conway is currently tied with the US Senate race in Nevada between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican Sharon Angle for the dubious honor of “Nastiest Race of 2010” with 32% of the vote.
As a Political Science major in college, this Examiner hated American Politics for this reason. He steered clear of classes that couldn’t obviously be classified as dealing with International Politics unless it was a mandated class, and wrote his Senior Thesis on the Sudan. He interned for a no-chance Independent Massachusetts Gubernatorial candidate because he had to intern somewhere, and figured he could take advantage of a heated election year without ever really getting involved.
Since then he has come to embrace all the mud like he has some reality TV – as mindless entertainment. Though it’s probably more because he’s a registered Libertarian now and therefore all that mud is rarely thrown by or hitting his candidates – which, admittedly, is not necessarily a good thing.
The reason for being so turned off by all the campaigning is not because it’s ugly, or brings out the worst in people, or makes the candidates look petty, their supporters look silly, and their parties look bad – though it does all those things – but because the race then becomes more about the mud than really important issues – in a really important time in American history and politics.
Google News search Rand Paul or Jack Conway right now, almost every article will be about “Aqua Buddha,” or attack ads, or Sunday’s debate, or if this was a good “campaign move” for Conway, etc. Barely any of the articles, two weeks before Election Day, highlight Conway’s voting record or specifically how Rand Paul plans to stay a political outsider in the Senate if elected – which, let’s be honest, is never going to happen no matter what he says.
Since the Massachusetts Gubernatorial race, this Examiner has lived in three states, and besides the marvelous train wreck that is Rod Blagojevich, hasn’t paid this much attention to local politics in any of them. As the he watches this race unfold, he is starting to remember why – and why he isn’t registered with either of the Big Two political parties.
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