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Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008 - 8:18 a.m.

Weird voters; weird, weird. I keep hearing this (and not just this year; every presidential election since 2000, when I think I was one of the ones saying it):

"I just don't trust him; I think he says what we want to hear. The other guy tells it like it is."

You'd think people would want to vote for the candidate they actually agree with. But no. They go for the one they disagree with. Because if he's willing to be unpopular, he must be honest? Fallacy alert. That might (or might not) be true, but saying unpopular things isn't the only way to be honest.

Now I just take it as a sign of someone listening to too much right-wing radio (which was my problem in 2000).

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