Tag: presidential campaign

The Eternal Campaign Interferes with the Peoples’ Business

 

Americans – at least the media and the political partisans – are infatuated with the presidential election. Check any news source and you’re likely to get copious coverage of the latest poll results, some alleged indiscretion from a candidate’s past or detailed analysis of policy positions that will almost certainly never become law.

More timely matters get ignored. Saturation coverage has been going on since the last election ended. The buzz around 2020 was already heating up when Rep. John Delaney of Maryland announced his candidacy in July 2017 — 1,194 days before the election. The “breaking news alerts,” endless panel discussions and campaign ads have been omnipresent ever since.

Other democracies have more reasonable timelines. France allows only two weeks of campaigning before the first round of voting. In Japan, campaigns last just 12 days by law, while in the UK, campaigns generally take five to six weeks. Australia’s longest campaign ever was 11 weeks long; Canada’s was 74 days.

Run For The White House: A Guide To The Lesser Candidates

 

Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 4.31.22 PMFor every Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Bernie Sanders, there’s a Robby Wells, Doug Shreffler, John Blythe, and Morrison Bonpasse. Below is a guide to some of the lesser-known candidates angling for the Most Unwanted Job In America.

Brad Winslow is IN!The only Democrat of Orange County, California, Brad Winslow’s platform is a call to arms on behalf of a 28th amendment to the Constitution that would give “Congress and the President a uniform set of goals that they must work on together” and “establishes a set of basic behavior guidelines for the relationship between these two branches.”

Get excited, America!

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As President Obama has aptly demonstrated, a President has considerable powers (some even authorized) in addition to powers which require the cooperation of legislators. Most of these powers are known before one enters office. So why doesn’t every candidate plan these well in advance?  Publicizing one’s full list during the campaign might scare away voters […]

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Last week Bush paid a visit to Senator John McCain to ask for tips on how to win the Republican nomination when everybody actually hates you. McCain angrily rambled for an extended period of time, then said “That’s how.” The 61-year-old Bush, 8,939 years McCain’s junior, said he wasn’t quite sure if he could pull it […]

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