I know we all would prefer that all campaigning be conducted fairly, openly, and within the paramaters of the rules set up for everybody.
And readers of this blog and Duque’s can probably guess that my political preference in the upcoming SG election is more Orange and Blue and less Progress.
But I have to say, I’m on Progress’s side on this one.
No one wants to see truly permanent campaigning in SG, however open and honest we’d want to see the pre-holiday coalition building and FBK back-slapping become. But given that Spring elections are now held before Spring Break (which itself is actually before Spring begins, but I digress), there’s only a small window to campaign even after the new semester begins.
We shouldn’t be quibbling over a website being registered early, or a page setup on Facebook. If anything, we should be allowing pre-slating campaigning – it might lessen the frenzied intensity of Campaign Week that usually disgusts more than a few fellow students (for having to see all those brightly colored t-shirts), and it might even give your techy friends time to create a truly useful website.
And however much you dislike a group or individual personally, or don’t want to see them get away with violating the law, it certainly isn’t “deplorable” that they made themselves accessible before the arbitrary start of the official campaign season.