Saturday, June 27, 2015

Presidential Campaign Update 12

and a warning to limit campaign news time...

I paid little attention to Presidential campaign news during June. No major announcements emerged that will change the world, or the campaign. No one dropped out. Additional wannabees announced they were running for the coveted job.

Journalists wrote about campaign stops and speeches, money raised, babies kissed. Most of us yawned and went about our lives.

I understand journalists must earn a living too, so they can take the speeches, the campaigning and polls seriously. The rest of us can choose to ignore the hype. After all, the 2016 Presidential election is 500 days away (as of Saturday, June 27, 2015).

On the Democratic side Bernie Sanders of Vermont threw his hat into the 2016 Presidential ring. Sanders is a breath of fresh air in comparison to the cookie cutter guys on the Republican side.

Republican candidates sound alike, kowtowing to and making an effort not to rile but to please Republican moneybags and talking heads, such as the Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson, Rush Limbaugh, Grover Nordquist and others; otherwise a candidacy is dead in the water.

I do not believe most Americans want billionaire industrialists pulling strings and guiding voters from behind the scenes. These billionaires are the latest version of the cigar-smoking men of the past selecting candidates in smoke filled rooms.

Four candidates vie for the coveted Democratic Presidential candidacy: Sanders, Hillary Clinton, former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chaffee and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley.

There are too many Republican contenders to mention each one. Check this website for a list of declared, exploratory, and potential candidates. As of Saturday, June 27, there were 26 declared Republican candidates, from the obscure (anyone hear of Skip Andrews?) to the well known (anyone NOT know Jeb Bush) to the pompous (Donald Trump, of course).
Others wait in the wings…

Meanwhile I will make an effort to limit my time reading about, listening to, and watching Presidential campaign news.

I advise my readers to do the same.

Paying too much attention to campaign activity early in the campaign season can become addictive, leading to undesirable side effects, including but not limited to:

Mind numbness,

The inability to differentiate between the good, the bad, the ugly, and the just plain stupid,

Intermittent giggles and eye rolling over candidates’ misspoken words,

Curiosity about a candidate and/or spouse’s wardrobe, hairstyle, parents, children, neighbors, pets, dietary preferences, vacation choices, and favorite cars.

Plus – and this can be the unhealthiest side effect – the urge to suppress the silliness by consuming large bowls of chocolate ice cream.
Chocolate ice cream.
May not solve problems, or help figure out who to vote for,
but tastes good and soothes petty annoyances - like campaign rhetoric!