December 18, 2006
Could we pause for ten minutes?
Ever get the feeling that the media can only focus on elections? If not the House and Senate races of 2006, then it is the presidential race in 2008. I think the reason is that it takes no research to opine on Hillary, McCain, Barak, or Edwards. All they have to do is talk about the great middle--who is in and who is trying to get there--and the horse race speculation--Hillary vs. Condi; Hillary vs. Kerry, Edwards, Gore, you name it. Which candidate has raised the most money. And the daily tip sheet: Bayh out, Gingrich in, Gore maybe, Edwards probably. Paahhhleezze!
The sudden fixation is on "experience." Never asked is the question of why incumbency seems to ruin more people than it develops. Experience? Sitting in the Senate with 99 people who can't figure out why 47 million of our folks have no health insurance. That's experience! Or, how to duck tough questions on Meet The Press. Yup! Any potential president must know the bob and weave of Washington pols. Could a nation like ours ever elect a person who just told people the truth as he or she sees it?
I'd like ten minutes for a time out to watch the new Congress before placing my bet, energy, and hope on a candidate running in two years. In or out of Iraq? Troops home in 2007? Tax breaks for us for a change? National health care?
What's the rush?
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