Wednesday, October 8, 2008

On hearing what you want to hear....

Susan Hogarth has a post up at Last Free Voice regarding Michael Munger, the Libertarian candidate for Governor in North Carolina. Part of it covers the same ground I did yesterday, but there is a wonderfully ironic segment regarding Dr Mike's appearance in front of the NC Greens:

Mike spoke last night at a Green Party forum focused on North Carolina’s hideous ballot access laws (and other issues), and I noted this morning that a GP activist posted this to a Green list:

As we witnessed last night with Mike Munger, the Libertarian gubernatorial candidate, we will have more in common with Libertarian values than we do with either the Dems or Repubs, this election cycle. Mr. Munger would support a tax bailout for mortgage holders and NOT for lenders. He also supports a very constitutional interpretation of individual liberties and responsibilities. This election cycle I will vote Lib to support them in ballot access and because of his thoughtful application of policy during these times.

This is interesting for a couple of reasons. One, it’s just great that Mike can reach out to Greens and enlist them, even in a temporary effort - remember, Mike worked for the Reagan adminstration. Two, people hear pretty much what they want to hear (postive or negative) - Mike did not actually “support a tax bailout for mortgage holders” - what he said was “No bailout.” But he also said “[I]f we were going to spend the money, than we should at least spend it on real folks, and not financial elites”. You see what the progressive activist made of that. I think this must be a near-universal tendency. We make up our minds who we like and then we reshape their message to what we want to hear, to at least some extent. This is an important lessons for folks running campaigns, I think.

Point well taken, Susan.

1 comment:

George J. Dance said...

Ron Paul was good at that. Remember how he always said about Iraq, "Let's bring the money home and use it to take care of our problems here" (or WTTW) - which I'm sure was music to every welfarist progressive's ears.