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    Time to go negative?

    Time to go negative?

    When I saw this Michelle Bachmann ad my first thought was, “Don’t go there, Michele, this will not help you.”  But on second thought, why not?

    I have been in favor of niceness so far, but I wondering whether it’s gone on long enough.  Why shouldn’t the candidates face the types of challenges the nominee will face, sooner rather than later?

    I’m not suggesting we go all “Voodoo economics,” but at some point the candidates need to be tested by each other not just the mainstream media.

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    “Time to go negative?” Are you serious?

    Professor you have been carping about Romney not being scrutinized as Gingrich is supposedly enduring. This is precisely what the nominees should be doing. It’s called vetting and we better do a good job of it before our nominee faces Obama, who will most assuredly take all the skeletons out for close examination.

    For that reason, I am glad that Gingrich’s record is getting a closer look and that he has to defend it. It would be nice if other nominees, in addition to Bachmann, started playing for real.


     
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    edgeofthesandbox | November 17, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    I don’t like it. The media will do its vetting, we don’t need to go negative on each other. At some point after the primaries we will have to band together and vote for the nominee. Getting at each other throat now will not make it easier.

    […] Professor Jacobsen writes and I agree 150%: I have been in favor of niceness so far, but I wondering whether it’s gone on long enough. Why shouldn’t the candidates face the types of challenges the nominee will face, sooner rather than later? […]


     
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    kobayashi | November 18, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Frank Luntz just pointed out that the three candidates who have been leading the polls have been focused on Obama and Not negative about other Republican candidates.


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