Just for fun, and coming off of a weekend surrounded by true-red Lefties, I decided to see how Reason’s reasons affected my voting decision.
J’s response: vote for Bush.
J’s response: no demonstrated connection to Bush, no influence on vote.
J’s response: “Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.” No effect on vote.
J’s response: “Well, d’uh.” A lot of these ass-covering bureaucrats were just as inept when they worked for Clinton, and will continue to screw up for the next four years, no matter who’s elected. No effect on vote.
J’s response: Most people realize that it’s a laundry-list of things that federal agencies have been asking for for decades, and wet their pants with joy when they finally had an excuse to get them. I think it’s highly likely that a Gore administration would have supported a substantially identical bill, so how is this Bush’s fault? No effect on vote.
J’s response: …and if you read his official statement about it, he makes it very clear that he considered it a flawed bill with some very real constitutional problems:
I also have reservations about the constitutionality of the broad ban on issue advertising, which restrains the speech of a wide variety of groups on issues of public import in the months closest to an election. I expect that the courts will resolve these legitimate legal questions as appropriate under the law.
Meanwhile, the bill was sponsored by two Democrats and two Republicans, passed the House 240 to 189, passed the Senate 59 to 41, and yet somehow it’s all Bush’s fault. No negative effect on vote; slight positive effect based on Bush’s public recognition that Congress passed a bill with some constitutionally dubious provisions.
J’s response: What, you thought Bush was a fiscal conservative? Slight negative effect on vote, outweighed by the likely consequences of electing another Democrat.
J’s response: bullshit. The Christian Right largely seems to think Bush is a compromising pansy on the issues they care about most.
J’s response: Yes, Democrats have proven to be so good at resisting the protectionist urges of threatened industries and labor unions. Mild negative effect on vote, but only until I consider the alternative.
J’s response: Funny, every time Kerry opens his mouth, he makes me root for Bush.