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Politics And The Holidays

November 15, 2007

Am I alone here in the way I feel? 

There is one aspect to the 2008 Presidential race that has not been adequately explained to me.  Perhaps there is no answer that can be applied to my question.

Given that the presidential  caucuses and primaries start so very early (January 3rd in Iowa) how do the campaigns in the early states think they can maintain phone calls and volunteer lit drops when most voters will be thinking of Christmas parties and caroling?  How does a campaign keep the required forward movement going to insure a victory at the start of the year, and at the same time not destroy the holiday spirit?

For instance, I might be put off by a candidate bashing another in a TV ad during my favorite Charlie Brown Christmas program.  I might be inclined to be less than pleasant to a phone caller asking for political support when I am rolling cookie dough.  I suspect that most people want to just relax and enjoy the holidays, but the rush to get a nominee for each party has placed the holidays in jeopardy.  Does anyone in Iowa or New Hampshire really desire a volunteer for Mitt or Rudy or Hillary at their door when they are wrapping gifts or trimming the tree?

I am not sure how the rest of the world operates, but I know all my life there is a change of focus in life from Thanksgiving through the New Year.  While there is plenty to do, it is of the variety where family or friends meet for coffee and scrabble games, or plan a day-long shopping spree.  Nowhere in that mix would I want to have a political candidate, or their volunteers, intrude on the holiday mood.  (And I love politics…so I can only image the reaction of typical voters.)

I suspect I am not alone in my feelings, and that many Americans in the early nominating states are wondering the same thing.  After all, what exactly does one do with a party nominee from January through the November 2008 election?!

This early nominating process has been terrible for both the political process, and the voters.  And the holidays.

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3 Comments
  1. November 16, 2007 12:02 AM

    I am very much with Edwards…..and Iowa is looking good. We are in the top three and gaining.

    BTW, my Dad, a WWII vet, is also an Edwards man. Before Bush won the White House my dad was a Republican. That sums up what has happened to our nation with this fool in the White House.

  2. maryt permalink
    November 15, 2007 6:06 PM

    Deke, check out this video of John Edwards warning to Congress about health care. You’re still for Edwards I assume…
    http://workofthepoet.blogspot.com/2007/11/john-edwards-warns-congress-about.html

  3. November 15, 2007 3:30 PM

    Good points.

    But, one week in politics is like a year. There will be plenty of time for the candidates to cram the airwaves with ads and to make calls between Christmas and the elections, and New Years Eve is just one night. I think even the politicians take that one off.

    -Eric Palmieri

    http://www.ericpalmieri.com

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