October 29, 2004
The campaign that will not leave
By Bill Kraus
As this egregiously expensive and endless national campaign finally comes to an end, it is time to ask with renewed intensity the age old question: Is there any way to limit the length of the election season, or are we stuck with it until and unless we unschedule elections?
The answer, alas, seems to be no. Or maybe we can. It stands to reason if we were to find a way to restrict the amount of money that candidates and everyone else who feels compelled to spend their money trying to influence election results can spend, this should force participants to husband these limited resources so they can weigh in at the last moment, the moment of maximum impact.
This is the theory. All theories are, of course, subject to the law of unintended consequences and are therefore unpredictable. But isn't it worth a shot? I think so.
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