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Those Endless, Onerous Presidential Campaigns

Kiffur Wrote: Dec 27, 2012 4:41 PM
Cont'd: ... but one in which the viewers were able to see for themselves both the common-ground on which the two candidates based their political philosophies and the different ways by which they intended to create the right atmosphere for their ideas to work. I thought the debate format worked perfectly and only wish that there had been many more such debates limited to only two candidates at a time. The only other limited debate I'm aware of was one between Speaker Gingrich and (former) Senator Rick Santorum. I did not see it, and have not read any comments about it, but considering the two participants, would think it probable it was very lively and very informative.

Whatever else the New Year brings, at least it won't be a presidential election or any of the primaries, caucuses, or conventions leading up to it. Which is more than OK with me. American presidential campaigns have grown excruciatingly overlong, and I look forward to a respite from the obsessive political coverage, the ginned-up gaffes and controversies, the rush to dissect each twitch in public opinion, the avalanche of dishonest advertising and disingenuous "fact-checking."

Of course not everyone agrees, especially in the press corps. "We all have our peculiar tastes," George F. Will once wrote. "Some people like Popsicles. Others like...