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Negative Campaigning

Chasing the Dragon: Why the GOP Is Addicted to Negative Campaigning

Peter Paskale | Posted 05.17.2014 | Politics
Peter Paskale

There's nothing as politically intoxicating as a wildly baying crowd, and social media turned the dragon into a self-enforcing cycle. Negative politics are now instantly rewarded by the re-tweeting adulation of the base.

Going Negative

Chris Kelly | Posted 02.11.2014 | Comedy
Chris Kelly

I'm going negative. I didn't want to do it -- no one ever wants to do it -- but it has to be done. I owe it to myself, my supporters and to America. Plus going negative works. Republicans and Democrats spent $6 billion on the 2012 elections, and almost all of it was negative.

Political Campaigns and Google AdWords Ethics

Craig Agranoff | Posted 03.05.2013 | Technology
Craig Agranoff

The way AdWords is used isn't always ethical. The good news is that it's cheaper for a campaign to use AdWords in an ethical manner than it is for negative campaigns to try to destroy opponents with it.

'Going Negative': Joseph Rallies His Base In Genesis 37:1-40:23

Rabbi Michael Knopf | Posted 02.03.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Knopf

A lesson of the dramatic first episode in the Joseph saga is that negative campaigning, which fuels partisanship at the expense of discovering truth, has dangerous consequences.

Speak of the Rival: Opponent References in the Republican Primary Debates

Matthew Gidcomb | Posted 01.20.2013 | College
Matthew Gidcomb

Can the number of times a candidate is mentioned affect their prospects, or is it the other way around? We sought to examine some of these questions by studying opponent references in the 2012 Republican primary debates.

Romney's Cowardice Responsible for Electoral Struggles

Brian Jencunas | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Brian Jencunas

This pattern of capitulation to extremism may have been necessary for Romney to capture the Republican nomination, but it has left him immeasurably weakened in the general election.

Going Negative (or Postive): Sentiment Analysis on the 2012 Republican Primary Transcripts

Matthew Gidcomb | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Matthew Gidcomb

Disclaimers aside, let's see what emerges when we analyze the Republican primary debate text using a very simple automated sentiment analysis technique.

Last Week Push: 'Local Voices' Speak Positive Messages For Obama Campaign

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics
Lorraine Devon Wilke

Positive advertising? Hard to find at this stage of the game, yet most people express a longing for messages that speak to the issues that resonate for them, in words and tones that strike a chord without the vitriol that too often clouds the conversation. Turns out a group called Local Voices is providing just those kinds of messages.

Negativity Dominates Campaign Cycle

AP | PAULINE ARRILLAGA | Posted 10.21.2012 | Politics

-- In the America viewed through the lens of a presidential campaign commercial, coal miners hear that their jobs are "in danger," voters are warned ...

Mitt Romney's Insurmountable Problem

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 11.18.2012 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

Republicans now want Mitt Romney to finally talk tough? Seriously? Since 2008, Republicans have not stopped spinning themselves into a whirling dervish of manic hatred.

Compassion In Politics

Sean Meshorer | Posted 11.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Sean Meshorer

Compassion for others is not only the hallmark of person mental and spiritual health, but also necessary for a positive, thriving society.

Presidential Ad Campaign To Swell

AP | BETH FOUHY | Posted 11.08.2012 | Politics

NEW YORK — Now the campaign ad crush and TV spending spree really begins in the presidential race. The TV ad campaign, with total spending expe...

Truthiness: Politics Favorite Bloodsport

Steve Young | Posted 10.16.2012 | Politics
Steve Young

How many degrees of separation must there be between a quote and its context before it becomes a lie?

The Will of the People

William E. White | Posted 10.14.2012 | Education
William E. White

Partisanship and rancor are not new. We have not fallen from some republican ideal into a new style of debauchery. Our political battles have been hard-fought and hard-won right from the very beginning.

Curiosity Rover Discovers Super PACs on Mars

Spencer Green | Posted 10.10.2012 | Comedy
Spencer Green

NASA scientists are still trying to determine by exactly how much Martian super PACs pre-date those on Earth and whether or not their contributions to political speech have been helpful or hurtful.

'You Didn't Build That.'

Rick Horowitz | Posted 09.22.2012 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

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The Swissboating of Mitt Romney

Keith Boykin | Posted 09.15.2012 | Politics
Keith Boykin

After all the Republicans have done to coarsen the political rhetoric, they have little or no credibility to complain about negative campaign attacks now. The Republican attack machine has come back to haunt itself.

Political Attacks Cross The Line

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 07.09.2012 | Politics

Negative advertising and smear campaigning have been staples of American politics for nearly two centuries. Some historians trace the roots of the pra...

How Negative Political Attacks Are Saving Democracy

Jason Stanford | Posted 08.10.2012 | Politics
Jason Stanford

Turnout in the Wisconsin recall was 56 percent, more than the regularly scheduled 2010 elections. But don't expect the myth that negative campaigns suppress voters to die in Wisconsin. This false notion is one of the most widely held misconceptions about American politics.

How Negative Political Campaigning Is Crippling America

Todd Phillips | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics
Todd Phillips

Negative campaigning prevents many good candidates from entering politics and leaves us with candidates who are comfortable with conflict. Government becomes populated with people who are primed for conflict, which causes deadlocks and paralysis.

Lugar's Loss: America's Wake-Up Call

Paul Helmke | Posted 07.17.2012 | Politics
Paul Helmke

Sen. Richard Lugar's loss in the Indiana Republican primary last week raises a number of troubling issues about the current state of politics and the future of governance in our country.

Campaign Negativity Is Nothing New

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.23.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While they may have a point about the magnitude of cash flowing into negative ads this time around, and while they may indeed have a point about the insidiousness of corporate money in American political campaigns, the nastiness itself is really nothing new.

Time for the Final (Etch-A) Sketch

Abby Huntsman | Posted 06.09.2012 | Politics
Abby Huntsman

For instance, yesterday I found that when you type "Romney" as a search term on Google, one of the first auto-complete suggestions is "Romney attacking President." Could a consistently negative tone be part of his messaging problem?

Fostering Political Hate: It's a MAD World Out There

Terry Newell | Posted 06.03.2012 | Politics
Terry Newell

During the Cold War, we coined the phrase Mutually Assured Destruction. Campaign politics is an equally MAD world, but its effects are not hypothetical, and mutual deterrence is not working.

It's About That Time

Brett C. Di Resta | Posted 06.01.2012 | Politics
Brett C. Di Resta

Sensationalizing opposition research may make for good television. But gathering facts, unearthing the truth, revealing sins of omission and countering false information makes for good, honest campaigns.