What has politics become?
Yesterday’s debate was very disappointing. There was lots of heat but not a lot of substance. I was listening to the local radio talk shows today. It seemed that people see what they want to see in a debate. We each have our own important criteria. We ignore the things we don’t care about and we focus on the things we think are important.
I listened to the local radio shows this morning as callers debated the debate. Those who thought Hermanson was the clear winner thought he struck a damaging blow by exposing the NDP’s “hypocrisy” over privatizating the crowns. Those who believed Calvert won thought Lorne was composed and appeared like a leader. Those who thought Karwacki did the best believed he was the only one to offer real policy alternatives and was willing to let others speak. In an odd twist many of the Hermanson supports thought Karwacki appeared weak and ‘boy scoutish’. Conversely the Karwacki and Calvert supporters thought Hermanson was the clear loser because he came a across as a loud mouth bully.
What has politics become? The most memorable and influencial part of the debate was an exchange which could be summed up as ‘your a hypocrite’, ‘no I’m not’. It looks like this election will be won or lost based on scare tactics, shouting down opponents, and dramatically presenting debatable facts as absolute truth. Maybe it is the forum. In an age of mass media maybe intelligent dialogue is impossible.