Of course, this story from the new video component of TheOnion.com. is a spoof detailing a ridiculous set of fake statistics. Like all the site's best content, this one deals with a real campaign issue in a clever way. In this case, it's candidate appeal, the vague sense that a voter likes a candidate without really endorsing any certain policy.

It's one of the factors that will continue to shape the 2008 election, most notably because, for the first time ever, one female senator and one black senator are challenging the good ol' white boys people imagine controlling this country in a dark room somewhere in Washington.

Traditionally, I'm a third-party voter, as I believe in the viability and the benefits of a third party challenge to our current system. In many ways, my vote for Ralph Nadar (Green) or Bill Pierce (Libertarian) were meta-votes -- votes for voting's sake -- to change the political process, not to support a candidate's plan of action. Similar logic will be a factor in the 2008 race, and the success of both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will hinge on making race and gender an issue without appearing to do so.

Question: Would you vote for Hillary solely because she's a woman? Would you vote for Obama just because he's black?

More stuff after the jump...

Of course, this story from the new video component of TheOnion.com. is a spoof detailing a ridiculous set of fake statistics. Like all the site's best content, this one deals with a real campaign issue in a clever way. In this case, it's candidate appeal, the vague sense that a voter likes a candidate without really endorsing any certain policy.

It's one of the factors that will continue to shape the 2008 election, most notably because, for the first time ever, one female senator and one black senator are challenging the good ol' white boys people imagine controlling this country in a dark room somewhere in Washington.

Traditionally, I'm a third-party voter, as I believe in the viability and the benefits of a third party challenge to our current system. In many ways, my vote for Ralph Nadar (Green) or Bill Pierce (Libertarian) were meta-votes -- votes for voting's sake -- to change the political process, not to support a candidate's plan of action. Similar logic will be a factor in the 2008 race, and the success of both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will hinge on making race and gender an issue without appearing to do so.

Question: Would you vote for Hillary solely because she's a woman? Would you vote for Obama just because he's black?

More stuff after the jump...

College students could be next wave of poll workers The Dispatch ran an Associated Press story today about Ohio legislation that seeks to attract younger people to work as poll volunteers, traditionally the volunteer work of people over the gae of 70. Seriously, the average age of a poll worker in this state is over 70, according to Doug Chapin of electionline.org.

Currently, state law says that a once can only work in the district where he or she is registered to vote. The new bill, introduced by state Rep. Larry Wolpert, a Republican from Hilliard, would exempt college students from the law, allowing them to volunteer in the district where they attend school and remain registered at home.

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