What’s the best way to win voters? I honestly don’t know but I can tell you one way that doesn’t work, telling the voters you want to suspend elections:
Spokesman Mark Johnson confirms that Perdue, speaking off the cuff as she often does, told the crowd that partisanship in Washington is keeping Congress from doing its job. She said lawmakers are too worried about re-election to work across party lines.
“I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover,” Perdue said.
That’ll certainly win people over to your side. Although what she said was stupid I’m guessing her thoughts during the time were worse. She was probably thinking, “Hey. Hey you serf. Yeah you. Us barons were talking and we’ve decided to stop letting you idiots vote. Now get back in the field and harvest me some fucking corn before I have you killed.” Obviously Perdue’s campaign is down playing this:
Perdue’s press secretary Chris Mackey said the remark had been taken out of context. “Come on,” she wrote in an emailed statement. “Gov. Perdue was obviously using hyperbole to highlight what we can all agree is a serious problem: Washington politicians who focus on their own election instead of what’s best for the people they serve,” Mackey said.
Sorry but that doesn’t matter. Her statement makes for great blog fodder and there is now way I’m going to pass it up, especially when there is a high likelihood that she at last partially meant what she said (most politicians are tyrants at heart).