Or is everyone starting to tune out of the upcoming election? Yes, I’ll almost certainly watch the first debate, and if it is worthwhile, I might even watch the rest of them too. And I will definitely vote. I always do.
Not only is this the most costly presidential election in our history (total spending will be greater than a billion dollars, and that doesn’t count all the time and money spent by other people, like the media, bloggers like me, and even normal people), but it is also the most comprehensively covered, discussed, argued, and lied about election in history. It’s too much.
There has got to be a better way.
I like how in many parliamentary systems there is no fixed election date. From the time when the government decides there is going to be an election to when the election actually happens is typically just two or three months. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if our campaign season were that short?
UPDATE: A federal appeals court has overturned a lower court ruling that could have forced the secret money groups to disclose their donors. This is more bad news for our elections. About the only thing I’m sure of about campaign finance reform is that the names of people who pay for political activities must be disclosed. Otherwise, there is no way to tell if your elections are being bought by foreign governments, multinational corporations, or even by terrorist organizations.