When people enter the booth on Election Day, they look at a candidate’s party ID. This is by far the biggest indicator for most voters on whom they should pick. This doesn’t mean that these voters are mindless partisan hacks that don’t think about their candidates or their issues. It is that they have looked at our two party system, and determined that one suits their political philosophy the best. And when a candidate chooses a party, for better or worse, they are associated with the positions that party espouses.
This is a good thing. If you’re a Democrat, and you generally believe in the things that party stands for, you should generally be comfortable with the candidate that came out of that party’s primary system. And you should generally feel comfortable that that candidate is going to vote the way you feel. He or she is probably going to veer at times, but you accept that.
Well, the Omaha World Herald Editorial Board thinks you’re a dope (Questions for the Senate race – OWH – 7/9/06).
Party affiliation? You’re a sheep.
Majority party in the Senate? Who cares, as long as you get a new bridge.
“Key” issues? The OWH will tell you what the key issues are. And they aren’t the ones that Pete Ricketts is talking about, Bub!
The World Herald’s nauseating faux populism is as honest as Madonna’s English accent. This editorial is condescending and arrogant, and insults their readers. Let’s face it: John Gottschalk and the boys know Ben Nelson, like him and want him keep his job. They’ve met (relatively) young Pete Ricketts and don’t like him. End of story. (Do you remember who the OWH endorsed for GOP Senate Primary? Hint: not Petey.)
So when they want you to think Ben Nelson is a “conservative”, they’ll ask you to ignore the fact that his conservative voting rating is 53% versus Chuck Hagel’s 86%.
They’ll ask you to ignore the fact that if the Senate turns Democrat, Ben Nelson would vote to have Hillary and Kennedy and the rest of the bugaboos decide each and every vote that makes it to the Senate floor.
Many voters think their party ID is an important consideration when they step in the booth. The OWH does not.
And with the case of Ben Nelson (D) they’re going to keep telling you that.