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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Our Perpetual Election

Did you hear? Chris Christie is running in 2016. I wonder how he will do in The New Hampshire Primary? He might have to fight off Marco Rubio or Bobby Jindal or some wild card candidate. And how will he face down Hillary? And is Hillary running?  What about Joe Biden? And how much a role will the Super Pacs play in our election? Can we really sustain another four years of Foxian bloviating the foibles of Obama and company? And maybe Texas will secede and how will that affect the election?

Strange to already see dart boards on television comparing candidates, but they are there. Maybe we will never really be led by a President or a party anymore. Maybe we are in a state of perpetual coming and that means we will be governed by a coalition of people consisting of candidates, Presidents, strategists, Super Pacs. Maybe the lure of network ratings is too much to resist to let things go back to normal if there is a normal now. Maybe we are in a perpetual election for the rest of our days.

And what does that mean? It means that our President is always a lame duck hostage to the next election. That means our Congress is forever looking at lobbyists for their votes and evaluating their electability. That means no one rules for the good of the country but for the good of the next election. And we have seen this haven't we? Look at how Christie was pilloried for riding with the President in Marine One. He should have just snubbed the President and maybe Mitt would be our President  now. He obviously wasn't looking to the next election cycle.

Or was he? Dumb like a fox, right? His ratings have shot up. Romney was dispensed. And people see him as a leader who got the job done for his state and his pal President Obama won the election. Hmmm. Could it be that doing the right thing might be a good strategy for getting re elected?

We'll get back to you on that after our focus group measures the impact on the next ten elections.

Books by William Hazelgrove