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Knee-jerk much?

So, in another forum a friend is complaining about a "Who's Your Candidate" quiz on the ABC site. The poster, and many of the commentors, are offended by the available responses to the questions, with particular horror at the biases in the options.

Sigh. The quiz puts forth very straightforwardly that your responses will indicate, based on your selections, which of the known candidates is the best match for you. If you read the responses it quickly becomes clear that the possible responses are either quotes or extremely close paraphrases of either statements by POTUS, the Administration's spokesmen, or the candidates.

I don't understand the ire. These are the current candidate options. It is likely that no one will find the options nuanced enough (unless they've swallowed whole a specific candidate's platform), but the reality is, these are the options. I guess I'm missing something.

And, for what it's worth, the ranking they gave for my top three candidates matched my own estimation. The results page did not, however, indicate that in all three cases if I voted for him I'd be holding my nose.

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keastree
Dec. 19th, 2011 10:14 pm (UTC)
It gave me Paul, Obama, and Perry. In that order. It would take a lot of inhaling for me to even consider the last two.
cypherindigo
Dec. 20th, 2011 10:04 am (UTC)
I got Obama, Romney, and Huntsman in that order. I would probably flip Huntsman and Romney; but I really don't like either of them.
retiredmaj
Dec. 20th, 2011 04:02 pm (UTC)
Civic participation, let alone "virtue" is much declined in this modern age. Thus people are shocked ("Shocked!") to find the defacto political world doesn't mirror their apprehension of it. Alas, this goes for folks in the "middle" too, as well as the fringes.

I'd rather hoped the quiz would wake a few people up. Many of the lists of options reminded me of the little exchange between Spock and Harry Mudd:

Mudd: Do you know what the penalty for fraud is on Deneb V?

Spock: The guilty party has his choice: death by electrocution, death by gas, death by phaser, death by hanging...

Mudd: The key word in your entire peroration, Mr. Spock, was: "death."

So, Mr. and Ms Middle America: Too many of you (indeed, us...I bear my portion of the blame...)have permitted us to get down to elections driven by either sound byte or outrageous position? Is it any wonder so many candidates have so little differentating them?
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