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The Most Depressing Number about the 2016 Election

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Exhausted businessman

What’s the most depressing number concerning the upcoming presidential election? I nominate 11 – why? No – that’s not the number of Republicans running for the nomination – actually, we have even more – and it’s not the number of hundreds of millions that people will spend in campaigns that go nowhere.

Eleven is particularly alarming because that’s the number of months between the recent kick-off of active campaigning in New Hampshire and the actual date of the nation’s first primary early next year. Can you imagine eleven months of gotcha politics, negative ads and trivial issues before even a single vote’s cast? And then another nearly ten months before Americans finally make their final decision?

Yes, the public’s become deeply disillusioned with the political process in part due to the interminable length of our presidential campaigns.

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  1. Preston Hale  •  Mar 19, 2015 at 1:34 am

    This is quite depressing, indeed. I must admit, I’m guilty. Lately, the extent of my political focus has been front-runners for 2016, and, dare I say, the Clintons.

    Medved always highlights Arthur Brooks’ philosophy about focusing on people instead of abstractions. I think we can extrapolate a lesson from that philosophy here. Let’s not donate our entire focus to campaigns right now. Let’s focus on our fellow countrymen instead.

    Many people don’t truly know where they stand politically. They may have been persuaded to call themselves democrats for now, but if they start hearing the truths about conservatism more than the lies, many are surely to change their mind.

  2. Charlette  •  Mar 21, 2015 at 9:44 am

    I shudder to think of what is before us. I don’t want the conservatives tearing each other apart. I look at our bench–it is deep, but I don’t see many who ARE deep. I look at the FAR right–like Senator Cruz, or the libertarian, Paul Rand–and I really don’t want them defining the GOP. It’s why I liked Mitt Romney so much. He would’ve been a terrific President. But having the bombastic candidates like Cruz or Rand–yuck! They completely turn all people off except for sliver minorities. I would love to have a candidate who can persuade, a la, Ronald Reagan. Where IS today’s Reagan? The candidate who can gently persuade with wonderful logic and humor, but still project strength of character. Who could make those in the middle or the independents feel confident in pulling the lever for an “R”. Who could this person be?? I don’t see that person yet.

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