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December 17, 2007
Candidates Who Stole Christmas
Last week on the
presidential campaign trail, Hillary Clinton apologized to Barack Obama
for a comment made by a senior staffer about Obama’s teenage drug use.
Mike Huckabee apologized to Mitt Romney for a remark made about the
Mormon faith. And Fred Thompson apologized (sarcastically) to Mike
Huckabee for bringing attention to his past record.
Well! When do we get
an apology for the intrusion of the 2008 presidential campaign on the
spirit of our 2007 Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s celebrations? And
what has actually been accomplished as a result of this intrusion on our
This is supposed to
be the time of year when we see and hear many stories of giving to
others and exchanging gifts, instead of endless reports of political cat
fights and exchanging political apologies. This is supposed to be the
season to be jolly instead of non-stop reports of campaign folly.
This all came about
because of all candidates trying to get an early start on their 2008
campaigns over the other contenders, and early caucus and primary states
trying to be the earliest in signaling the ultimate political party
contenders and eventual president. All of this jockeying for position
was being egged on by the media with candidates and states taking the
bait to hopefully gain the early media attention.
The result has been
what looks to become two years of the same political crap that we used
to endure for only one year of the election cycle. As evidenced, two
headlines about last week’s Republican and Democratic debates summed up
this year of “not wished for” political pain.
“Democrats call for
higher taxes on the rich” (Nedra Pickler, AP, December 13, 2007), and
“GOP candidates call for cuts in spending” (Liz Sidoti, AP, December 13,
That’s not news! And
we have had to endure these breaking news announcements all year. The
closer we get to the winner of the first caucus – Iowa held its position
by a nose – the more frequently we get totally useless poll results
about who’s leading where in which party.
Hillary, Obama and Edwards had the highest name recognition at the
beginning of the presidential derby, and each poll shows them as the top
three Democratic contenders in the early states and nationally. With the
exception of the recent Huckabee surge, the leading four Republican
candidates in nearly every poll have been Giuliani, Romney, Huckabee,
and McCain hanging on by a thread. And you guessed it. They had the
highest name ID at the beginning of the year.
All of the money
spent by the candidates, the attention from the media and the polling
results coming almost daily, have determined very little if anything
about who will be the respective party nominees, and even less about who
will be the next president. And I know from experience that the
candidate’s staffs are egging them on between now and January 3 to take
advantage of every media opportunity, and to not miss speaking to any
audience where at least two or more are gathered to hear their “stump”
The candidates need
a rest because some of them are beginning to look tired even under
layers of makeup. And with less than 20 days left in 2007, it is
unlikely any candidate will say or do anything that will significantly
change the presidential political landscape. Just look at what has
happened so far this year.
We deserve a break
today, and for the rest of 2007. If not, we should at least get an
apology from each of the candidates when they send their end-of-year
campaign requests tucked inside their Christmas cards.
Where is Frosty the
Snowman when we need him?
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