Josh Marshall. The Obama vs. Romney election was in some senses the perfect presidential contest: both were impressive, experienced, scandal-free candidates, highly regarded in their own parties. Both were well known to voters. Both are also very predictable men, and during the campaign neither did anything remotely surprising. The result was an almost unchanging poll line, showing Obama with a slight advantage pretty much through the whole year. (Romney surged to a brief tie after the first debate.) I have read that Obama's internal polling showed an absolutely unchanging 2 point lead for him through the entire campaign. That seems to be where America is right now, given fairly generic liberal and conservative candidates.
Hey, at least it's interesting.
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"Hey, at least it's interesting."
Well, so was the fall of Rome.
For my own sake, I'm not big on having a nation's development be interesting - there are plenty of other things for me to take interest in, and I'd much rather have politics be boring and predictable if it means they'll be positive and result in a steady march towards progress and the betterment of all.
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