The real question is why would a list which plays on the details of Romney supporters’ personal lives get any traction in voters’ minds? Why are the details of donors’ families and finances which are totally unrelated to the campaign be relevant to people?
The answer comes down to a single word: transparency. And let’s be clear, transparency in politics is a good thing. One might even say that political transparency is one of freedom’s greatest guarantors. And if this latest list was about meaningful transparency, I would actually favor it.
But it’s not.
The new enemies list is not about helping people get a better and clearer picture of the candidate and his views. It is NOT about the kind of transparency which all of us should demand from both our elected officials and our government.
This list is nothing more than ugly voyeurism pretending to be about transparency. It is the political version of bad reality TV, inviting strangers to see details of other people’s lives and based on that limited view, make decisions about who they are.
With details about people’s marriages, and claims about who is “against America” – the list substitutes ad hominem attack for substantive criticism. This list simply provokes the kind of anger and suspicion which invites reprisals from those who it attacks, and sends us even further down into the gutter where we seem to want our politics to play out.
And let’s not miss the all-out weirdness of the Obama campaign, turning a biblical mandate on its head and doing unto others as has been done to them.
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