The headline of The Hartford Courant on November 4th read “Wait’s Nearly Over.” For some people, “nearly” couldn’t come soon enough.
The wait was excruciating, lasting months, close to a year. Insults were thrown around, rumors were started, and both parties loaded television and radio stations with smear campaigns. The promise from both sides that this would be a fair campaign that stuck to the issues was proved false shortly after the nominations were made. This, in turn, annoyed many prospective voters.
“I am sick of the negative mudslinging that has been occurring [during] this election,” said Andrew Clinkman, a Marist College sophomore. “We all know the candidates stance on topics, so anything further is just garbage that the media can use to defame the image of the candidates.”
Mudslinging is a good way to describe the technique used by the two candidates to try to bring each other down. John McCain tied Barack Obama to Reverend Wright, a radical Chicago preacher who denounced America with his famous words; “not God Bless America, God Damn America.” This link led the McCain campaign and many of his supporters to go so far as saying Obama sympathizes with Middle East terrorist organizations. In turn, the Obama campaign called out Sarah Palin for being inexperienced, and John McCain for siding with the unpopular President Bush on most issues.
For some voters in swing states, these smear campaigns might have been effective. However, in a consistently blue or red states, the attacks from both sides have angered some potential voters.
“For the past few weeks, the candidates have strayed from discussing key issues and focused more on trying to take down their opponent,” said Marist sophomore and Connecticut resident Andrew Fritzer. “There is no need to promote what someone does wrong. The American media does enough of that. We don’t need presidential candidates assisting in it.”
Fritzer went on to say the he believed the negativity of this election could affect whether or not somebody votes in the end.
Another problem many had with this election is that it just took too long to get through. In terms of time, there was no more or less than in other races to the White House, but all the activity leading up to election had some people wondering when it would be over.
Now, however, it’s over. Barack Obama will be the new president, and these irritated Americans can breathe a sigh of relief knowing there will be no more ads, no more rumors, and no more mudslinging. It’s time to welcome President Obama to the podium.