Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor is Jabba the Hutt, the grotesque “Star Wars” villain. Secretary of State Cathy Cox is a disembodied talking head who can’t get her troops in line.
Welcome to the brave new world of high-tech political assassination, where back-stabbing blogs, scathing cartoon skits and slander served up online are the weapons of choice.
In Georgia’s high-profile Democratic primary race for governor between Cox and Taylor, a smash-mouth battle is already being played out on the Internet, where buzz can be used to bash your opponent in ways unfit for more traditional attacks. It’s cheap. It’s effective. And it has a life span longer than Jabba.
“There’s no regulation. There’s no objective standard for truth. There’s unlimited ways to get away with just about anything.” said John Zogby, a New York state-based political pollster. “It’s here to stay, and it’s growing by leaps and bounds every election year.”
I don’t see what the big deal is. Clearly the videos referenced in the article and shown on Peach Pundit are tongue-in-cheek and while they make a political point, they’re relatively harmless. The Wikipedia incident is another matter entirely, mostly because Wikipedia tries to be accurate and evenhanded – and bloggers weren’t even involved, Cox’s campaign manager was.
The article mentions that the Taylor parody is of unknown origin, but Rick Dent takes credit for the Cox conference call parody. Dent also admits having dealings with nefarious people like Andre in Atlanta someone at Peach Pundit:
Rick Dent, Taylor’s campaign spokesman, said he and others in the campaign created a Cathy Cox vignette for “their own amusement.”
The ad parodies a conference call last week put together by the Cox campaign to poke holes in Taylor’s claim that he sponsored the HOPE scholarship.
“When I saw it, I thought it was so funny that I thought we should share it with everybody,” Dent said. He said he placed it on a blog and then sent it to reporters.
Dent said that while the video was aimed mostly at political insiders, the Internet is an important campaign tool — from official campaign Web sites with advertising spots to blogs.
“It’s a brand-new way of trying to inform and influence the public about what you’re doing,” Dent said.
Dent said the campaign has been in contact with popular Georgia political blogs such as peachpundit.com and georgiaunfiltered.blogspot.com.
I don’t think the blogosphere had degraded the political process, actually, I think it’s improved it. There have always been below the belt political attacks and there always will be.
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