Is there a way to review the campaign issues without the spin? My colleagues at Atigeo and I created a way to bring big data analysis of the social media feeds of the candidates and their respective party's content to the electorate. No spin and no sales.
This fall, as the candidates are crisscrossing the country, I, too, am on the road. My mission is different: My focus is on powering voters for Election Day, ensuring that every eligible voter is prepared and able to vote.
Now that we are in the midst of the presidential election cycle and face uncertainties regarding budgets and programs, some federal leaders may be tempted to keep their heads down and wait for events to unfold.
It's hard to imagine. Seeing Big Bird in an unemployment line would be like seeing Big Bird in an unemployment line. What else can you do for work? You could be the mascot for Chic-Fil-A, but then there's that whole Bert-Ernie connection. Hmm. Better scratch that.
Every politician claims to be for the middle class. But time and time again, the wealthy and the most powerful corporations get the gold and the middle class gets the shaft. So who in the Congress stands on the side of the middle class, and who sits on their backs?
It is absurd to depict Wednesday night's rhetorical stew of superficial nitpicking by two candidates with a proven record of subservience to the Wall Street bandits responsible for wrecking our economy as a meaningful exercise in democratic governance.
My mom is a staunch Republican, a Fox News junkie and the widow of a Navy commander. I have always voted the liberal ticket; I'm an NPR listener. But when Obama became the first president to declare his support for same-sex marriage, Mom shocked me silly.
This was only Round 1. There's more to come. My guess is Romney will close the polling gap, but he's certainly not sold the American public yet on his politics or personality. One 90-minute performance doesn't do that.
There's a long list of what the candidates didn't say about housing: not a word about refinancing, principal reductions, selling government-owned foreclosed homes, or the mortgage interest deduction. Why wasn't there more debate over housing?
Mitt Romney won the debate last night but only if you judge the "winner" of a debate as the most hyperkinetic, oftentimes aggressive and condescending participant who used his rehearsed delivery to spackle over his lies, mistakes, generalities and misleading statements.
Some people want me to stick to gossip but frankly, I can't. There isn't any gossip right now worth going on about. At least, the political game has been lively and the principle players are all fascinating, even the ones I find kind of weird.