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US Elections: When is it going to end?

July 9, 2008

Boy, it seems like a decade ago when Hillary Clinton threw in the towel and its not over yet. Americans have dug in for another boring decade before game over in November. Obama muses about newborns walking and talking ever since he announced his presidential bid last year. It does seem that long.

As I don’t see a military solution to every problem the way McCain does, I’m comforted that Obama’s maintaining a 2-to-1 lead over him. The candidates have been to hell and back. I think most people have made up their minds one way or the other. Between now and then they’ll just have to grin and bear the silly season.

And silly season it is. The whole thing has turned into a boring soap opera and a broken record rolled into one. I mean, what does debating the same thing 15 times prove? Everytime I watch the sparring on telly, I find myself saying, “Enough already, we’ve heard all that before. Can you guys stop talking and start doing.”

This whole thing should’ve concluded in April or May. The point of diminishing returns for the US system is 6-8 months by my reckoning. Any longer than that, a curious gap creeps into the news cycle that forces newsmakers to turn to silly trivia to keep it alive which is exactly what we’re seeing now. I mean who the hell cares which candidates pet owners prefer? What has that got to do with making decisions on energy policies or going to war?

There is another reason to prolong an otherwise concluded season. Record breaking ad revenues. Want to awaken sleepy adex? Look for a scandal. Spark an ad war. As you read this there are armies of journos dredging through public records of everything the candidates did since birth, hoping to pounce on some long forgotten boo-boo. You can bet this will go on and on. And on.

I’ve made my conclusions but the money-making machine have not, not until they’ve squeezed every drop they can, dragging candidates through the mud if they have to.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 9, 2008 9:37 am

    They can’t really do much unless they’re, you know, president. Plus they won’t actually be official nominees until the conventions in August.

  2. Damien permalink*
    July 10, 2008 7:35 am

    True. The Prez-to-be is just a passenger in this process. The question is, why must the process be so long and does it really help or hurt the cause to find good leadership?

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