Beth and I got to chat for a few minutes after as well. While I support the Democrats and she the Republicans, I think we are both pretty middle of the road people, with very similar points of view on many issues, and I think this is where most people are- in the center of the bell shaped curve, perhaps falling a bit to the right or left, but not very extreme in any of their viewpoints.
For example, we both agree that the fun and snarky comments online can get pretty out of hand and nasty sometimes, and this does nothing to help either “sides” case- that their candidate is the best one for the job. We can probably both agree that if you are extremely partisan, it’s easy to just read conservative or liberal blogs, and live in an echo chamber that just magnifies your already entrenched point of view. What’s harder to do is find decent, reasoned voices and opinions, that take the time to talk about facts (as we know them) and build a reasonable and rational case for either party or candidate.
In recent posts, I’ve talked about how I am not a big fan of Sarah Palin- not because I am some June Cleaver throwback, but I do believe it’s perfectly okay to be a mom and a working person, but I also acknowledge that doing two things at once means often feeling pulled in two directions, and it’s not particularly fun. I think women can have it all, but the caveat to that is we can’t necessarily have it all at the same time. We like to pretend everything is rosy and perfect, but being a working Mom is often like having two full time jobs, and only one pays you money, while the other pays you in emotional currency.
But regardless of my position on issues, or Beth’s, we can both agree that having a good new media strategy is essential. Candidates need to understand we are living in times where hiding the bad news only makes it worse, and being authentic and human is the only way to deal with a changing media landscape. Those that fail to realize this are taking a very big risk indeed.