Monday, October 16, 2006

Looking for election to be over

"What can we do about the negative ads?"

It's finally happened.
I have finally arrived at the point where I said, "Uncle!" to all the election campaign commercials.
I want this election to be over!
It has nothing to do with the fact I work for a newspaper that accepts paid advertising from candidates. Those ads are civilized, fair and decent.
No, I'm upset by the TV ads that seem to have reached a new low attack and counterattack. They seem to be for candidates to the U.S. House of Representatives.
I understand. The Republicans have a narrow lead in the House and they quite possibly may lose control of the House to the Democrats.
But it seems the ads are worse this year than in years past.
One example: Have you noticed the most negative ads are not presented by the attacker, but by the national party? Both Democrats and Republicans are airing those ads in Indiana.
At a recent Rotary meeting, one club member asked a candidate who spoke that day, "What can we do about the negative ads?"
The candidate spoke for at least 10 minutes (by my internal clock) and never did answer the question!
In other words, as long as we are paying the freight for TV to carry those ads, you must endure.
You can't change the station. The ads seem to be everywhere, except on PBS and NPR.
Maybe that's why I turn to a nearby National Public Radio station every time I get in the car.