The Long Election Cycle

Surprise! This is not really a political post. It is about two things: how long this election cycle seems to be and how weary I already am of it; and my questioning of the DNC and its debate schedule.

I am incredibly weary of this election cycle. We’ve been at it for over six months and the elections still isn’t until November of 2016. Every other news story seems to be about the GOP and especially Donald Trump. I will unequivocally state here (and you can call this my political statement if you wish) that Donald Trump is a bombastic buffoon and I honestly cannot believe that people will vote for him.

That said, what really boggles my mind is how he has sucked the air out of all forms of media such that he has overtaken It. Even my most conservative friends cannot say that the liberal media is ignoring the GOP because all media in my opinion has been about Donald Trump of late.

It would be hard to say you have no idea who Donald Trump is or what he stands for. You don’t have to like him to admit that the marketing is brilliant.  That the traditional and non-traditional news sources have bought into it baffles me.

It is as if there is no other news other than the election (and especially Trump). As I stated earlier, the election itself is still a year away. The important issues will likely be best discussed as we learn who the actual candidates will be – probably in the last few months before the election. I run the risk of totally tuning it out  long before then due to my fatigue over having to hear about every burp uttered by the candidates so early in the election season.

My other issue is that if we are going to have to hear so much about the GOP,  which is doing a great job of keeping the candidates in the news (I may be tired of it but you have to give props where they are due), the DNC is doing a horrible job of getting the news about the three (yes there are 3) Democratic candidates out there.

So far all of the Democratic  debates have been at times that most people are not watching. SATURDAY? Supposedly the debate in Iowa was at the same time as a major Iowa football game. The debate this past Saturday evening was during the Jets vs Cowboys game. Let’s not even think about the fact that it was the Saturday before Christmas. I had to go to our shopping corridor and I have to tell you – people are not watching TV. They are shopping!

I don’t think the DNC is doing a good job of getting the word out about the debates with the Democratic candidates.

I also think, perhaps wrongly but I know I’m not the only one who feels this way, that the DNC is not taking Bernie Sanders seriously and has pre-crowned Hillary Clinton. I’m not here to say which candidate I prefer or debate whether Wendy Wasserman Schultz’s  fervor for Hillary is appropriate at this juncture of the campaign cycle. I don’t think it’s germaine to my comments. It is important however that the DNC allow the candidates to sort themselves out and not lean towards one or the other. It’s too early to do otherwise.

How can anyone make a decision about a Democratic candidate if the DNC does not have the debates at a time that people will actually watch? The Republican Committee has managed to have their debates at times that people are watching TV – Democrats, Republicans, (gasp) Independents. You know those people who are undecided? How can an undecided voter make a decision if they can’t see their choices, ALL of their choices. O’Malley anyone?

It’s going to be very long election cycle and I cannot say that I’m very happy about it. It’s much too early for me to say this but I will – I wish the election were over already.


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