Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report has taken a look at the Michelle Nunn memo. Instead of focusing on the contents of the 140 pages, she focuses instead on the fact that through the magic of the internet and cable news, more regular voters are now exposed to what campaigns are really focused on. And that isn’t much of substance. Her last two graphs are the kicker, and why we’re likley seeing low voter turnout in many elections:
Americans have always known that politics is a dirty business. The concern, now, however, is not how business gets done, but the fact that no business is actually getting done. Americans are willing to accept a certain amount of political sausage making if they actually get to eat the sausage. Today, of course, we’ve got some big problems that need fixing and yet all the political shenanigans are devoted to simply continuing the status quo of gridlock. It’s no surprise then that turn-out is down across the board thus far this cycle and will likely be down again this fall. Voters aren’t stupid. They know that their vote won’t change the direction of the debate – it’ll just change the people doing the debating.
The disgrace this cycle is not campaign spending – or campaign plans – it’s the fact that neither party has anything substantive to give voters. So, they are trying to motivate their bases the only way they know how: with hyperbole and hyper-partisanship.