Personality vs. Policy

Discussion in 'Politics' started by DBella, Feb 27, 2008.

  1. DBella Seducente/Mortale

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    Which of the two do you think gets people's attention more? I have looked at some of the posts here, especially those with regards to the candidates, and I see comments about how the candidates look, act... etc. Back in 2000 I heard people saying that Gore lost the election because he doesn't have 'the personality'. And now Obama seems to get more attention for his charismatic personality (the rock star) than his policies or what he plans to do with the country if he's elected president. The same thing with Clinton.

    So, in the battle of Personality vs. Policy in the upcoming election, which do you think will matter more. Do people really bother researching the candidates' records and experience and what they stand for, or do people just say, "He's a good speaker and very popular so I'll vote for him" or "She looks like a witch, and acts like an arrogant b****, she comes from a privileged background, how can she connect with poor and working class folks"?
     
  2. Matt IKYN Guy Groupie

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    Personality and looks, definitely. Do you really think if Barack Obama were some ugly old man with the charisma of a rock he would get half the attention he does?
     
  3. rdh007 Brit Wannabe

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    And let's not forget the "I'd rather have a beer with him" factor that brought us eight years of ineptitude.
     
  4. BlackLantern Registered

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    yes we are a shallow people....I bet if we had a hot female candidate, she'd get votes out the hoo-ha
     
  5. DBella Seducente/Mortale

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    Haha! Hey, I'd hang out with him and have a pretzel, or a few, with him but once we start talking politics, I might have to borrow Cheney's gun.

    So do you think personality will win this election?
     
  6. DBella Seducente/Mortale

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    Are you saying Hilary needs a make-over?

    I dunno... I don't think this country is ready for a female leader. Maybe some are. But then again, will they be voting for her because of her gender or in spite of her gender?
     
  7. BlackLantern Registered

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    I don't think we are ready either.....and let's say she does win, I wouldn't be surprised if someone tried to blow her head off....
     
  8. Malice BMFH

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    I would say its maybe 60 personality, 40 politics...
    60 percent dont want or just understand the politics...so they go with, who makes them feel ok.

    The rest go with understanding of politics coupled with personality
     
  9. Lightning Strykez! Former Mod On Pension Pay

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    That's actually very true. Thunderous Thighs get you nowhere in politics. :(
     
  10. Lightning Strykez! Former Mod On Pension Pay

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    If your job is to network with other dignitaries in the world for so-called "peace", your personality has to be on point. Policies can be written and changed. But class? Charisma? Charm? Those are natural attributes, and a polititian's personality can either unite or repel whole nations of people. Is it shallow? Perhaps. But when you're the President, you become the face of this country, love it or hate it. And your personality goes a looooooooooooong way towards how your country is percieved because for some, they are interconnected.

    Just look at the way people view Bush's personality. Has it really done a lot to improve the way outsiders view America? Um, no.
     
  11. BlackLantern Registered

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    I thought Hilary always wore the skirt to hide the balls, not because of her thighs....Elizabeth Kucinich should run for President...I would happily let her handle my policy.
     
  12. Lightning Strykez! Former Mod On Pension Pay

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    I doubt she's down with OPP. :o

    Now John McCain's Stepford-Wife on the other hand...:cool:
     
  13. BlackLantern Registered

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    she'll like me, you know what they say....once you go black, your credit is ruined...
     
  14. Lightning Strykez! Former Mod On Pension Pay

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    LOL

    Well, I guess that means you don't have good policy.
     
  15. BlackLantern Registered

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    Maybe not, but my confirmation hearings are fantastic...I'm very thorough
     
  17. Genesis 1.0 Thread Overlord's Minion

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    70%: Personality

    20%: Policy

    10%: Ignorance
     
  18. The Senator Registered

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    Personality has hijacked just about every election I've been alive for, but I feel it has hijacked this election more than any other one, especially on the Democratic side. Here you have a nice sounding, good looking young man who on the outside looks and sounds inspiring. But on the inside, he's a hollow, insignificant politician who has a very short resume with very few accomplishments tacked on to it ready to go off and win the Democratic nomination. If he's up against McCain, it'll be the ultimate election where personality confronts policy... and Obama will win, simply because people think he's an attractive, smooth-talking young man-- not because they believe he is the best leader. It happened with Clinton (though he had a decent policy record) and Bush, and it'll be bound to happen this fall.
     
  19. comicgirl Goddess in Residence

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    Vive la difference!
     

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