Thursday, November 4, 2010

The election's over. Now it's time to start campaigning


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By GARY BAUMGARTEN
The French were the first to say it in 1422 upon the death of King Charles the VI and the coronation of King Charles the VII: “The king is dead, long live the king!”
To adapt t U.S. politics today: “The election campaign is over, let’s start the election campaign!”
It is with a sad heart, my campaign weary Americans, that I announce that the campaign for the 2012 presidential election is underway.
That’s right,  as evidenced by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s pronouncement that, “the single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” To make matters even worse, McConnell’s comment came last month, before the midterm congressional election.
Already, both the political parties  and every potential candidate are jocking for position wondering what tact to take to bring them out on top in 2012. CNN today has already released its first hypothetical 2012 presidential election poll. It will be the first of many to come.
So the political junkies among us can take heart. There’s plenty more where this last campaign came from to come. Everyone else: brace yourself. Because the political silly season is back!
Gary Baumgarten is news and programming director at the Paltalk News Network.

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