getting students to engage the news…
“Just when you thought we had enough videotape about him firing people, he gives you one more,” Mr. Burton, who leads a political action committee backing the president, said before laughing.
What do you think about this practice? Is it simply a new spin in our modern times on politics as usual or something more? How about historically, have campaigns always been steeped in negativity? (good opportunity for a citation) What type of effect does this focus on error and gaffe do to our collective consciousness? Do stories like this make you less likely to engage in the political process or not really?
What about the impact of this behavior on the Romney campaign? Is this a politically “responsible” thing to do for the Obama campaign? I wonder (hint, hint…citation) if there are any studies out there about the effects of negative campaigning? Do those findings make sense to you?