Question: Why do endorsements matter so much?

  • vindog

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    Oct 20, 2008 3:07 PM GMT
    Every election newspapers, politicians, unions, etc. start endorsing candidates and there is so much hype around it.


    Why does it matter so much? Any ideas?
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    Oct 20, 2008 3:11 PM GMT
    Gives voter's the impression that the candidate's ideas, policies, values etc. have convinced those "in the know" that he/she should be elected.

    I look at it as similar to winning an academy award, which supposedly is a confirmation of an actor's ability.

    Usually though most endorsements are pretty predictable. Very few media outlets are non-partisan. I mean really will anyone be shocked if FOX news supports McCain/Palin? Probably not.
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    Oct 20, 2008 3:59 PM GMT
    I hate to say it but; when it comes to politics and especially international relations, most Americans are dumb as bricks.

    I blame this on Union teachers in our public school system. America will never be competitive if we allow unions to continue to exist here.

    There was a recent national quiz with just three questions;

    1. Which political party currently controls the House of Representatives?
    2. Who is the current Secratary of State?
    3. Who is the Prime Minister of the UK?

    Less than half of all polled got any of them right. Very few knew the current PM of the UK.

    So, when it comes to politics; endorsements are essential. If yer dumb as a brick, go with the political opinion of someone you admire and the problem's solved, you become an instant genius at politics.
    In Mass Media research class we studied the "Peoples Choice" study and it determined this to be the case, opinion leaders have power to sway voters who're too lazy to check things out for themselves.



  • GQjock

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    Oct 20, 2008 5:05 PM GMT
    On the Union eh ... and nothing to do with the abscounding of funds from the public school systems to the point where they have no money for books?
    no supplies? Where teachers are given tax cuts so they can PURCHASE PAPER AND CRAYONS !!!!

    How really twisted are the republican ideals?
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    Oct 20, 2008 5:15 PM GMT
    People are sheep and prefer to leave critical thinking to others. Thus absolving them of ultimate responsibility. Or so they think.

    It's like dealing with something tragic and being able to say, "God works in mysterious ways" or "That's what they advised me to do."

    As if we cannot advise ourselves and make the decisions as needed.
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    Oct 20, 2008 6:39 PM GMT
    Cult of personality, nothing more, nothing less.
  • vindog

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    Oct 20, 2008 7:02 PM GMT
    RunintheCity saidPeople are sheep and prefer to leave critical thinking to others. Thus absolving them of ultimate responsibility. Or so they think.

    It's like dealing with something tragic and being able to say, "God works in mysterious ways" or "That's what they advised me to do."

    As if we cannot advise ourselves and make the decisions as needed.


    Oh, like the notion of KARMA and GOING TO HEAVEN.


    I wouldn't blame it on the teachers union, just the fact that most people don't read newspapers and would rather read about who has a hot beach body, who is the best/worst dressed and who is dating who.






  • auryn

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    Oct 20, 2008 7:24 PM GMT
    John43620 saidI hate to say it but; when it comes to politics and especially international relations, most Americans are dumb as bricks.

    I blame this on Union teachers in our public school system. America will never be competitive if we allow unions to continue to exist here.

    There was a recent national quiz with just three questions;

    1. Which political party currently controls the House of Representatives?
    2. Who is the current Secratary of State?
    3. Who is the Prime Minister of the UK?

    Less than half of all polled got any of them right. Very few knew the current PM of the UK.

    So, when it comes to politics; endorsements are essential. If yer dumb as a brick, go with the political opinion of someone you admire and the problem's solved, you become an instant genius at politics.
    In Mass Media research class we studied the "Peoples Choice" study and it determined this to be the case, opinion leaders have power to sway voters who're too lazy to check things out for themselves.





    Was it the Union teachers in public education what taught you how to misspell Secretary of State?
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    Oct 20, 2008 9:20 PM GMT
    Thanks Auryn, I appreciate the correction. Nope, none of my teachers were unionized when I went to school in Kentucky but they were pushing for it then.