Am I alone, or is anyone else already bored shitless by this presidential campaign? You realize we have three months, a whole quarter, left? Egads. I just don’t care. I wouldn’t have thought there’d be a presidential election that inspired me less than Bush/Gore (remember, back when it was possible that Bush wouldn’t turn out to be the worst president since….maybe ever?). On the whole, sticking to my frequently made argument that the only appropriate basis for voting for a president is foreign policy, I guess I favor Obama’s re-election over a Romney presidency, so it’s not that I’m completely uncaring. But, lord, our system does a lousy job at elevating good candidates to select from. I’m really beginning to re-think my long-held opposition to a parliamentary system.
Can we pass a federal law either outlawing political ads during Olympic broadcasts, or amend our Constitution to have presidential elections during non-Olympic years? While we’re at it, let’s make sure they don’t fall during World Cup years, men’s or women’s, either. In fact let’s go all the way and make sure our presidential elections don’t fall in any Tour de France year, just to be sure. Ah, who am I kidding? No American presidential candidate is going to pitch campaign ads to us elitist Europhile soccer and biking fans.
A local state house candidate has the slogan, “Someone to Believe In!” A bit of a messiah complex, maybe? I’ve met the guy, and I like him. I could even consider voting for him. But I’m not really looking for someone to believe in. And if I feel the need, I’ll pin all my hopes and dreams on someone really important.