Campaigns/Elections

Political Cliches Are Dead in the Water

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Mike Murphy puts a few old political saws to rest on today's New York Times op-ed page. The best one:

ALL POLITICS IS LOCAL Tip O'Neill's observation is no longer true. Safe one-party Congressional seats in Boston 50 years ago were local, but only because a few thousand Democratic primary voters chose the winner.

In this election, all politics was global. The voters of Mishawaka and La Porte, Ind., were more influenced by the sectarian politics of Baghdad than by the election-eve announcement by their Republican congressman, Chris Chocola, that he'd gotten $1.4 million in federal money for a local mental health center. He lost.

Chris Matthews is weeping in the men's room right now–no longer sure about his admonitions to "dance with the one that brung ya" or if it's best to "only talk when it improves the silence." In other news, this is not the most negative campaign ever, nor did it all come down to turnout.


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  1. ALL POLITICS IS LOCAL

    I figured we realized that after Jefferson’s triumph in the election of 1800. 😉

  2. ALL POLITICS IS LOCAL
    It is still true.

    Nearly every military person is either returned from, preparing to go to or presently in Iraq. Bush’s War is very ‘Local’.

  3. nor did it all come down to turnout.

    Hey, I didn’t turn out, and I hear tell some candidates won… strange.

  4. Yeah. Lib-Republicans discovered wolves at the door in sheeps’ clothing flocking together to get shot like fish in a barrel of monkeybusiness.

  5. Congressman Chocola, Senator Frankenberry is on the phone for you.

  6. Not only was it not the most negative campaign ever, it wasn’t as negative as 2002.

  7. admonitions to “dance with the one that brung ya” or if it’s best to “only talk when it improves the silence.”

    The first time I read this, I thought it was referring to Chris Matthew’s in the men’s restroom.

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