Monday, June 12, 2006

Choosing a candidate

Tomorrow is a primary election for Virginia (well, for the 8th district in Virginia, anyway). Tonight I tried to do my civil duty and decide who I'm going to vote for.

You wouldn't think that this was that tricky a decision to make. There's only one set of candidates to vote on (the others didn't have more than one choice), and I already know I'm going to vote democratic.

So my choices are between Harris Miller and Jim Webb.

However, finding information the web turned out to be harder than I imagined. First, the Arlington GOP site comes up whenever I search for "Arlington county election." Yet I had to dig around for a Democratic version of this kind of site. And when did find it, it was really an unimpressive site. I didn't find any clear description of the candidates and their platform.

So, I abandoned that approach and searched for the candidates themselves.

I had no problem finding Jim Webb's website, but for the life of me, I can't find Miller's. I can find articles that talk about him, but I figure I should compare propaganda to propaganda website to website.

In the end, I think I'll probably end up voting for Webb because I like the story he told on his website.

He had his positions clearly outlined (or as clearly as a politician can) and even had a clip to an appearance on the Colbert Report. I actually liked the clip because it showed him a bit uncomfortable in front of the camera (meaning he looked real) but his responses were still strong.

This is all really too bad for Miller, because I'm sure I'd be impressed with him, had I been able to read up on where he stands on various issues.

So it looks like the fate of elections will rest firmly in their ability to produce an SEO website.

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